American Sign Language 3: New in 2017-2018

The World Languages Department is proud to announce that we are enhancing our new language program of American Sign Language by launching the third year course. ASL is a visual language with vocabulary, grammar, idioms, and syntax different from English. This course focuses on the development of conversational sign-language skills and the grammatical structure of American Sign Language. Students are exposed to a variety of sign systems and modes of communication used by the Deaf community. ASL 3 continues the exploration of the history of sign language and the importance of Deaf culture. Class participation is an integral part of the course. Since ASL is a visual-gestural language, students will need to develop unique communication skills. These consist of using the hands, body, face, eyes and space. In order to achieve progress in this class, it is important to become comfortable communicating with your whole body and listening with your eyes.

Prospective students should note that not all colleges and universities have formal policies accepting ASL in fulfillment of the foreign language requirement. That is why we are posting the most comprehensive online list of institutions that accept ASL in fulfillment of GRADUATION requirements. It does NOT address ADMISSION requirements. (The list is maintained from the University of New Mexico's World Language Department and it is updated regularly.) Please note that this is an informal list, and therefore not exhaustive. There may be schools which accept ASL as a foreign language which are not listed. Furthermore, the type of acceptance can vary greatly from school to school. Some institutions have formal policies accepting ASL in fulfillment of the foreign language requirement. Others accept ASL only within certain colleges, divisions, or departments.

Universities That Accept ASL In Fulfillment Of Foreign Language Requirements*
*List updated April 2018

1.Abilene Christian University

2.American University

3.Antioch College (Ohio)

4.Arcadia University

5.Arizona State University

6.Augsburg College (Minneapolis, MN)

7.Augustana University

8.Austin College

9.Bethel College (Indiana)

10.Boston University

11.Bowling Green State University

12.Brandeis University

13.Brigham Young University

14.Brown University

15.Butler University (Indiana)

16.Cabrillo College (California)

17.California State University system: All 23 CSU campuses accept ASL in fulfillment of the foreign language graduation requirement

18.Capital University (Columbus, OH)

19.Catholic University

20.Central Connecticut State University

21.Central Washington University

22.Centralia College

23.Clark University (Worcester, MA)

24.Clemson University

25.College of St. Catherine (MN)

26.College of Southern Idaho

27.College of Staten Island

28.College of St. Rose (Albany, NY)

29.Dallas Baptist University

30.East Central Oklahoma State University

31.Eastern Illinois University

32.Eastern Washington University

33.Elms College (Chicopee MA)

34.The Evergreen College (Washington)

35.Florida A & M University

36.Florida Atlantic University

37.Florida Atlantic University Honors College (Wilkes Honors College)

38.Florida Gulf Coast University

39.Florida International University

40.Florida State University

41.Framingham State University

42.Fresno Pacific University

43.Gardner-Webb University

44.George Mason University

45.Georgetown University

46.Goshen College

47.Holy Cross College (Worcester, MA)

48.Howard University

49.Howard Payne University

50.Illinois State University

51.Indiana University

52.Kent State University

53.Lamar University

54.Linfield College

55.Loyola University

56.Lubbock Christian University

57.MacMurray College (Jacksonville IL)

58.Madonna University

59.Mary Hardin Baylor University

60.Maryville College

61.McDaniel College

62.Messiah College

63.Miami University (Oxford OH)

64.Michigan State University

65.Montclair State University

66.Neumann University (Aston, PA)

67.New College of Florida

68.New Mexico Highlands University

69.New York University (School of Education)

70.National Technical Institute for the Deaf (Rochester, NY)

71.North Greenville University (SC)

72.Northeastern University

73.Northern Arizona University

74.Northern Illinois University

75.Ohio State University

76.Ohio University

77.Oklahoma State University

78.Oregon State University

79.Pacific Lutheran University

80.Portland State University

81.Purdue University

82.Radford University (Radford, VA)

83.Russell Sage College (Troy, NY)

84.Sacramento Community College

85.San Antonio College

86.San Diego State University

87.Saint Francis University

88.Scripps College (Claremont, CA)

89.Southern Connecticut State University

90.Southern Illinois University-Carbondale

91.Southern Methodist University

92.Stanford University

93.SUNY Albany

94.SUNY Brockport

95.SUNY Buffalo

96.SUNY Empire State

97.SUNY Fredonia

98.SUNY Geneseo

99.SUNY Oneonta

100.SUNY Oswego

101.SUNY Plattsburgh

102.SUNY Stony Brook

103.Stephen F. Austin University

104.Tennessee Temple University

105.Texas A&M University - Central Texas

106.Texas A & M University - College Station

107.Texas A & M University - Commerce

108.Texas A & M University - Corpus Christi

109.Texas State University

110.Texas Tech University

111.Texas Wesleyan University

112.Texas Woman's University

113.Truman State University

114.Tufts University

115.University of Akron

116.University of Alaska (Fairbanks)

117.University of Arizona

118.University of Arkansas (Little Rock)

119.University of Buffalo

120.University of Calif. at Berkeley

121.University of Calif. at San Diego

122.University of Calif. at Davis

123.University of California Los Angeles

124.University of Central Florida

125.University of Chicago

126.University of Cincinnati

127.University of Colorado-Boulder

128.University of Connecticut

129.University of Findlay (Ohio)

130.University of Florida

131.University of Georgia (Athens)

132.University of Hawaii (Manoa)

133.University of Iceland

134.University of Illinois-Chicago

135.University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

136.University of Iowa

137.University of Kansas

138.University of Louisville (KY)

139.University of Maryland

140.University of Massachusetts

141.University of Maine at Machias

142.University of Miami

143.University of Michigan

144.University of Minnesota

145.University of Missouri (all campuses)

146.University of Nevada-Reno

147.University of New Hampshire (Durham)

148.University of New Hampshire (Manchester)

149.University of New Mexico

150.University of North Carolina (Asheville)

151.University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill)

152.University of North Carolina (Charlotte)

153.University of North Carolina (Greensboro)

154.University of North Carolina (Wilmington)

155.University of North Florida

156.University of North Texas (Denton)

157.University of Northern Colorado

158.University of Northern Iowa

159.University of Oregon

160.University of Pennsylvania

161.University of Pittsburgh

162.University of Rochester

163.University of San Francisco

164.University of South Florida

165.University of Southern Florida

166.University of Tennessee

167.University of Texas - Austin

168.University of Texas - Pan American

169.University of Texas-San Antonio

170.University of Tulsa

171.University of Utah

172.University of Vermont

173.University of Virginia

174.University of Washington

175.University of West Florida

176.University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire

177.University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

178.University of Wyoming

179.Utah State University

180.Utah Valley University

181.Vassar College

182.Virginia Tech

183.Washington State University

184.Weber State University

185.West Virginia University (School of Journalism majors)

186.Western Oregon University

187.Western Washington University

188.William Rainey Harper College (Palatine, IL)

189.William Woods University

190.Wright State University (Ohio)

191.Xavier University (Cincinnati)

192.Xavier University (Louisiana)

193.Yale University

California: All 23 California State University campuses accept ASL in fulfillment of the foreign language graduation requirement

Kentucky: In Kentucky any state college or university that offers ASL must accept it as a modern language credit. When a high school student takes it at the high school level it can satisfy their modern language entrance requirement for any state school.

Maryland: The University System of Maryland (USM) now accepts ASL as a foreign language. This statewide policy will cause Maryland universities and local school boards to adopt similar policies concerning ASL instruction. Montgomery County has been the first to do so.

Washington: Legislation mandates that ASL meets foreign language high school graduation and four-year admission requirements: "Pursuant to any foreign language requirement established by the state board of education or a local school district, or both, for purposes of high school graduation, students who receive instruction in American Sign Language shall be considered to have satisfied the state or local school district foreign language graduation requirement. Minimum admission standards will be established for four-year institutions, including a requirement that coursework in American Sign Language shall satisfy any foreign language requirement the board or the institution may establish as a general undergraduate admissions requirement."