American Sign Language

The Department of Modern Languages & Classics offers two courses in American Sign Language:

AMSL 101 and AMSL 102 which are offered during both fall and spring semesters. 

Why Study American Sign Language (ASL):

  1. Many states have passed laws recognizing ASL as a complete and natural language.
  2. Hundreds of colleges and universities throughout America now accept ASL in fulfillment of language entrance and exit requirements.
  3. More and more television stations are using sign language in their programs and advertising.
  4. Most school systems are now mainstreaming their deaf and hard of hearing students-- dramatically increasing the need for sign language interpreters.
  5. More and more employers are looking for applicants who can sign. They know that having signers on their staff can contribute toward a good faith showing of compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and similar legislation.
  6. A snowball effect is taking place as more and more people learn to use American Sign Language.
  7. While many languages are "dying off", American Sign Language is growing in usage every day.

Above list from American Sign Language University