Develop proficiency in American Sign Language (ASL) through this popular four-course undergraduate minor. Whether you have prior experience in ASL or are brand new to the language, the ability to communicate with the Deaf community is a strong skill sought after by many employers, specifically in helping professions such as nursing, social work, criminal justice, and more.
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With our universal system of teaching ASL, it is vital that every student is able to fairly and cohesively advance, level-by-level, in our program of study. Smooth signing, comprehensive grammar skills, and receptive understanding are paramount.
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 & summer semesters, introductory, requiring no prior knowledge)
- ASL: Level II, ASL-UE 0092 (offered fall, spring & summer semesters)
- ASL: Level III, ASL-UE 0093 (offered fall & spring semesters)
- ASL: Level IV, ASL-UE 0094 (offered fall & spring semesters) *Please Note low enrollment numbers may impact the ability for this course to run in any given semester.
- ASL: Level V, ASL-UE 0095 (offered every fall semester) *Please Note low enrollment numbers may impact the ability for this course to run in any given semester
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 advisors.
The ASL minor can be achieved in two ways:
- Taking ASL: Level I through ASL: Level IV; or
- If one places out of ASL: Level I, taking ASL: Level II through ASL: Level V.
We want all our students to start learning American Sign Language at Level One, even if there is preexisting exposure to ASL and the Deaf Community. With our Universal System of teaching ASL, it is vital every student is able to fairly and cohesively advance, level-by-level, in our program of study. If you believe your preexisting fluency in ASL is extraordinary, and if you are familiar enough with the NYU method of teaching to start at Level 2, contact the Program Coordinator for more information. The ASL Minor at NYU requires Levels 1-4 or Levels 2-5; it is not possible to begin your ASL Minor at a level higher than ASL 2* and still be eligible to complete the minor for transcript credit. There are no exceptions to this policy. You must be on campus, and in our classrooms, to earn the ASL Minor.
Note: Students taking ASL to satisfy the Foreign Language requirement, and who are not pursuing the minor, can begin their language course at the level they're assessed at.
Other students may take part or all of the sequence as electives.
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.
For inquiries regarding the ASL program, please contact Erica Rodriguez