American Sign Language

Man doing sign language facing a laptop.

American Sign Language Study

Introductory Course Objectives

  • To understand signed ASL on topics ranging from social to moderately academic
  • To master a vocabulary of 5,000 signs over the course of the two semesters
  • To conduct social conversations with ease
  • To demonstrate an educated knowledge of the Deaf community, its people and cultural practices/contributions
  • To apply correct linguistic conventions in a non-native language


Course Structure and Grading

The mid-term oral exam will be scheduled sometime during the 7th and/or 8th week of classes and will be conducted via Zoom; this mid-term oral exam grade counts for 40% of the overall course grade.

By the end of the term, all students are expected to have developed basic skills in the target language, all of which will be tested on a comprehensive final oral exam that will be scheduled sometime during the last week of classes. This final oral exam grade counts for the remaining 60% of the overall course grade.

There are no other factors used in determining your overall grade in this course.


Course Registration

To register for this course you must first complete the ASL application below.

LTLs Application

*Priority registration for this course is given to specific majors as listed in the bulletin. 


If you have questions, please contact:

LTLs Program Director: