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 also work with faculty to determine a plan for the rest of your time in the program, which is highly customized depending on your previous ASL experience. In addition to being immersed in ASL classes to develop and perfect your language skills, you’ll take courses in Deaf culture and career opportunities within Deaf communities. You’ll also have the opportunity to take elective courses in your areas of interest, from theatre and art to literature and history. Most importantly, from day one, you’ll be a part of a unique community within Columbia—one that is active in the broader Deaf community as well as in the creative accomplishments that make the college what it is.