Colleges that Accept ASL as a Foreign Language

Sign Language is becoming increasingly popular and there are more and more colleges that accept ASL (American Sign Language) as a foreign language.

American Sign Language, or ASL, is a distinct and fully developed language that has, among others, its own unique grammar.

Today, at practically all television news programs, we can see somebody translating the messages into ASL. That’s an interesting development, right?

It’s not only that many colleges accept ASL as a foreign language, but your GED diploma also allows you to go to college and study for a bachelor’s or master’s degree in ASL. More and more colleges offer ASL programs.

This article’s purpose is to provide information and resources on American Sign Language to individuals who take an interest in studying the language, to persons who want to learn more interesting facts about ASL, and to people who already engaged in ASL education, either as a student or as a teacher.

We understand that the topic of American Sign Language has an inherent relationship with many subjects of Deaf culture and deafness, and this post provides primary information related to ASL itself, while it offers only very limited information about other issues that are surrounding the world of deafness.

ASL – a distinct language

ASL is distinct from English or any other foreign language and distinct from other sign systems as well, both foreign-based and English-based.

Over recent decades, quite a few states passed legislation to recognize and identify ASL as a distinct foreign language. This enabled universities, colleges, and high schools not only to accept but also to implement the language, therefore fulfilling all requirements regarding foreign language with regards to hard hearing and deaf students.

American Sign Language is a visual/gestural language that is distinct from English or any other foreign spoken language. As stated above, if you pass the GED test you can go to college, and if you score in the college-ready range (165-200), you may have SAT/ACT or other requirements waived!

ASL is also distinct from any other sign languages used in different countries, and the language is distinct from any other English language-based sign system used in America, e.g. English manually coded systems.

We don’t know the exact number of people that use ASL but the language is the most widely used language in the U.S. for one-on-one communication.

ASL is used as a 1st or 2nd language by many Americans and estimates range from 200,000 to nearly one million individuals, including deaf native signers, children of deaf parents, and/or adult deaf signers that learned ASL from other deaf individuals.

Is American Sign Language (ASL) a Foreign Language?

ASL is a fully developed and distinct language with its own one-of-a-kind grammar. As said above, the language is distinct from the English Language and also is distinct from sign systems, both English-based and foreign-based.

During the past decades, ASL education has been experiencing increased enrollment because more and more individuals have become interested in learning the language.

Studying ASL doesn’t require more effort than any other subject, but good study habits will help you deal with the entire curriculum in a timely manner, as it does with earning your GED diploma.

A growing number of universities and colleges are actually accepting ASL classes in foreign language requirements fulfillment and an increasing number of universities and schools offer credit-bearing ASL programs.

Great developments

Over the past decades, quite a few states have passed legislation to recognize American Sign Language as a foreign language. This enabled high schools, universities, and colleges to accept ASL in foreign language requirements fulfillment for both deaf and hard hearing students.

By the last turn of the century, almost 30 states had passed relevant legislation, and numerous universities and community colleges, including Georgetown, Brown, MIT (The Massachusetts Institute of Technology), the University of Washington, and Purdue, are accepting American Sign Language as a distinct foreign language.

These days, when you’re watching any police reporting, there is practically always someone present who will interpret the given information into American Sign Language, so also when you’re considering joining the Police Force, ASL knowledge may open up more career opportunities.

After earning a college degree and having considerable experience, ASL students may even study further to earn an MBA degree and use their knowledge on a broader platform. Check here to learn more about earning a bachelor’s degree from an American college or university.

Let’s look at a few questions that are often asked when it comes to ASL:

Is ASL a language?

Well, ASL is a fully developed, distinct language. ASL is just one of the world’s several hundreds of natural signed languages, including a complex grammatical structure.

ASL is US-based. How can it be a foreign language?

ASL is a language that’s indigenous to the U.S. and parts of our northern neighbor Canada. In the academic world, however, the place of origin of a language has little or nothing to do with whether it’s considered a foreign language.

To give you an example, Navajo and other American Indian languages are all across American accepted in fulfillment of foreign language requirements by numerous colleges and universities. Many programs are now referred to as second language programs instead of foreign language programs as many native students were born here.

Is there much ASL literature?

There is an extensive writing system for ASL, but none of these systems are used on a large scale for recording ASL literature. There is, however, a lot of ASL literature available in videotapes, movies, and CDs issued by companies like Sign Enhancers, and Dawn Sign Press.

Another excellent source of information on the folklore and heritage of Deaf people is available at the bookstore of Gallaudet University in Washington, DC.

Is learning ASL easier than other foreign languages?

ASL was developed as a gestural/visual language, so its grammar and structure are differing from that of other languages, including English, that were developed as aural/oral languages. American Sign Language (ASL) comes with a more complex classifier system and verbal aspect than English or other foreign languages.

Many ASL students feel it is more difficult and complex to learn than other oral languages.

List of universities that are accepting ASL as a foreign language

  1. Abilene Christian University
  2. American University
  3. Antioch College, Ohio
  4. Arizona State University
  5. Augsburg College, Minneapolis
  6. Baylor University
  7. Bethel College, Indiana
  8. Brown University
  9. Brigham Young University
  10. Butler University, Indiana
  11. Cabrillo College, California
  12. California State University, Hayward
  13. California State University, Fresno
  14. California State University, Northridge
  15. California State University, Monterey Bay
  16. California State University, San Marcos
  17. California State University, Sacramento
  18. Catholic University
  19. Central Washington University
  20. Centralia College
  21. Clark University, Worcester
  22. Clemson University
  23. College of St. Catherine, Minnesota
  24. College of Southern Idaho
  25. College of Staten Island
  26. College of St. Rose, Albany
  27. Dallas Baptist University
  28. East Central Oklahoma State University
  29. Eastern Illinois University
  30. Eastern Washington University
  31. Elms College, Chicopee
  32. The Evergreen College, Washington
  33. Florida A & M University
  34. Florida Atlantic University
  35. Florida Atlantic University
  36. Florida Gulf Coast University
  37. Florida International University
  38. Florida State University
  39. Fresno Pacific University
  40. Gardner-Webb University
  41. George Mason University
  42. Georgetown University
  43. Holy Cross College, Worcester
  44. Howard University
  45. Howard Payne University
  46. Illinois State University
  47. Indiana University
  48. Kent State University
  49. Lamar University
  50. Loyola University
  51. Lubbock Christian University
  52. Madonna University
  53. MacMurray College, Jacksonville, IL
  54. Maryville College
  55. Mary Hardin Baylor University
  56. Mass. Institute of Technology
  57. Michigan State University
  58. New College of Florida
  59. Neumann College, Aston, PA
  60. New York University, School of Education
  61. National Technical Institute for the Deaf, Rochester, NY
  62. Northeastern University
  63. Ohio State University
  64. Oklahoma State University
  65. Oklahoma Baptist University
  66. Purdue University
  67. Pacific Lutheran University
  68. Radford University, Radford, VA
  69. Russell Sage College, Troy, NY
  70. Sacramento Community College
  71. San Antonio College
  72. San Diego State University
  73. Scripps College, Claremont, CA
  74. Southern Illinois University, Carbondale
  75. Southwest Texas State University
  76. Stanford University
  77. SUNY Buffalo
  78. SUNY Brockport
  79. SUNY Oswego
  80. SUNY Geneseo
  81. Stephen F. Austin University
  82. Texas A & M University, Commerce
  83. Texas A & M University, Corpus Christi
  84. Tennessee Temple University
  85. Texas Tech University
  86. Texas Woman’s University
  87. Texas Wesleyan University
  88. The University of Akron
  89. The University of Alaska, Fairbanks
  90. The University of Arkansas, Little Rock
  91. The University of Arizona
  92. The University of California, Berkeley
  93. The University of California, San Diego
  94. The University of California, Davis
  95. The University of Central Florida
  96. The University of Chicago
  97. The University of Cincinnati
  98. The University of Colorado, Boulder
  99. The University of Florida
  100. The University of Georgia, Athens
  101. The University of Hawaii, Manoa
  102. The University of Iceland
  103. The University of Iowa
  104. The University of Kansas
  105. The University of Louisville, Kentucky
  106. The University of Maryland
  107. The University of Massachusetts
  108. The University of Maine at Machias
  109. The University of Michigan
  110. The University of Minnesota
  111. The University of New Hampshire, Durham
  112. The University of New Hampshire, Manchester
  113. The University of New Mexico
  114. The University of North Carolina, Charlotte
  115. The University of North Carolina, Greensboro
  116. The University of North Carolina, Wilmington
  117. The University of North Florida
  118. The University of North Texas, Denton
  119. The University of Northern Iowa
  120. The University of Pennsylvania
  121. The University of Pittsburgh
  122. The University of Rochester
  123. The University of South Florida
  124. The University of Southern Florida
  125. The University of Texas-Austin
  126. The University of Texas-Pan American
  127. The University of Texas-San Antonio
  128. The University of Tulsa
  129. The University of Utah
  130. The University of Virginia
  131. The University of Washington
  132. The University of West Florida
  133. The University of Wyoming
  134. Utah State University
  135. Utah Valley State College
  136. Vassar College
  137. Washington State University
  138. West Virginia University, School of Journalism majors
  139. Western Oregon University
  140. Western Washington University
  141. William Woods University
  142. Wright State University, Ohio
  143. Xavier University, Cincinnati
  144. Xavier University, Louisiana
  145. Yale University

About the list: The list began some 20 years ago and was published by Sherman Wilcox from the University of New Mexico. We think it’s the most actual list so far.

 

Last Updated on November 16, 2020.

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