American Sign Language - Minor

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American Sign Language (ASL)

In the last decade, demand for American Sign Language (ASL) skills and knowledge of Deaf culture has produced wide ranging career opportunities in government, education, healthcare, social services, business, and technology. Consequently, American Sign Language has emerged as one of the most popular languages students study at American colleges and universities.

The minor in American Sign Language offers a 15-credit sequence of classes that helps students develop confidence with their understanding and use of ASL signs as well as the linguistic competence. In addition to their in-class activities, students are encouraged to deepen their connection and understanding of the Deaf community and its needs through their participation in the American Sign Language Club and related co-curricular events and programming. Although the curriculum offers a strong academic foundation in the language, it does not lead to interpreter or to Deaf Education licensing or certification.

If you are a prospective student and would like more information about our program or the ASL minor, email us at

For the current list of courses in the minor, visit the Bulletin.

If you wish to declare the ASL minor, speak to the academic advisor in your home school.


Students seeking university credit or course equivalencies for coursework taken outside of UM must submit an official transcript to the Registrar. Courses must be 6 weeks or longer in duration, include in-person or live signing components, and be identified on the Transfer Equivalency Form. Course descriptions and their syllabi should be uploaded to SEHD-Course-Evals for evaluation. Neither credit nor course equivalencies will be granted for coursework taken at unaccredited or nonacademic institutions. Students with a strong background in ASL, but have no college credit in ASL, must take TAL 107.

Program Contact

Ellenmarie McPhillip
Academic Services

(305) 284-3826