American Sign Language

The American Sign Language Major provides students with a solid foundation in American Sign Language as well as core courses that cover deaf history, culture, literature and linguistics in a social justice framework.

The ASL major's two concentrations - American Sign Language/English Interpreting and Deaf Studies - prepare graduates for careers as interpreters, and for jobs in deaf education, counseling, social work, linguistics, and other related fields.

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All students in the ASL major complete similar coursework in the first two years of the program. As part of the language courses, students engage in community-based projects where they can engage with Deaf/Hard of Hearing/DeafBlind people in authentic interactions.

Students concentrating in ASL/English interpreting go on to pursue intensive courses in interpreting, communication, ethics and research in the final two years. Interpreting concentration students complete an off-site practicum in their senior year.

Students in the Deaf Studies concentration pursue a major advocacy project as part of their Social Justice course.