The American Sign Language (ASL) Studies program prepares students for personal or professional related skills to be able to understand and communicate with the deaf community in a Christ-centered faith-based setting.
The vision of the ASLS program is to educate the WJU students about the deaf community, which has its own culture and language. Through this understanding the students will have a better respect for the community as individuals in the world culture.
Students in the ASLS program will have the unique opportunity as the only Northern California ASL program that is Christ-centered. This will fulfill a need in our community to produce skilled Christian signers who can communicate and witness to/with our deaf community. The ASLS program will prepare students with the basic courses needed if they desire to further or complement their education in the field of deaf education, special education, speech-language pathology, Deaf Studies, sign language interpreting, or other related fields of study.
This program could complement any student’s learning in the field of Business, Creative Arts, Family and Children’s Ministry, Christian Leadership, TESOL, Liberal Studies, Pastoral Ministry, Psychology, Public Policy, Youth Ministry and Education. These courses add additional General Electives and could meet the GE humanities requirement.