Our program is designed to start with ASL 1. However, if you have previous ASL experience—whether you’re a freshman or a transfer student—you will take a placement test to determine the ASL skills class into which you’ll be placed. You’ll attend a weekly ASL Lab to focus on receptive and expressive ASL skills and learn about the principles of Classifiers, an integral part of the language. You’ll take a course in Deaf culture—a requirement for all ASL students—and a course about career opportunities within the Deaf community. You’ll also have the opportunity to choose Core program electives in your areas of interest, including the popular Deaf Theatre production, which puts on a theatre production performed entirely in ASL.
You’ll also enjoy opportunities to engage in one of the most active communities on campus, from the student-run ASL Club to the department’s anticipated annual Silent Retreat.