Minor in American Sign Language

American Sign Language Minor and Course Sequence

The Department of Applied Psychology offers a popular sequence of courses and a minor (16 units) in American Sign Language (ASL). The courses are listed under the heading of American Sign Language on Albert.

The courses in the sequence are:

  • ASL: Level I, ASL-UE 0091 (offered fall & spring semesters, introductory, requiring no prior knowledge)
  • ASL: Level II, ASL-UE 0092 (offered fall & spring semesters)
  • ASL: Level III, ASL-UE 0093 (offered every fall semester)
  • ASL: Level IV, ASL-UE 0094 (offered every spring semester)
  • ASL: Level V, ASL-UE 0095 (offered every other fall semester, even-numbered years)

ASL satisfies the foreign language requirement in the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human development. By petition, it can satisfy the foreign language requirement in CAS. Students in other schools should check with their advisers.

The ASL minor can be achieved in two ways:

  1. Taking ASL: Level I through ASL: Level IV; or
  2. If one places out of ASL: Level I, taking ASL: Level II through ASL: Level V.

If a student has prior knowledge of ASL, an assessment can be done to determine placement. Please contact Janna Sweenie to schedule an assessment. 

Other students may take part or all of the sequence as electives.

Career Opportunities

A minor in ASL can benefit students in many ways. Students who know ASL gain insight about Deaf culture and community, Deaf people, and their language. This knowledge may provide an edge in employment opportunities. The ability to communicate with Deaf people is often seen as an asset by employers, particularly in the helping professions. Students in the Arts profit because of the inherent physical expressiveness of ASL. 

Contact Information

Janna Sweenie, Interim Program Director