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ASL Major

An ASL student in class

American Sign Language (ASL) is the preferred language of the Deaf Community in the United States and much of Canada. Students who study ASL gain the ability to communicate and better understand the cultural aspects of this community.

ASL is excellent preparation for professional careers as sign language interpreters, teachers, counselors, government specialists, audiologists, speech pathologists, program administrators, community service personnel and many other vocations.

(Note: You must learn ASL to become a professional sign language interpreter. But you will not learn how to interpret when you major or minor in ASL and if you study ASL as a second language.)

ASL majors at St. Kate's are encouraged to pursue a dual major or pair their ASL study with a minor to provide a clearer career path. All majors or minors are a good fit with ASL. You can choose from nearly 60 majors and 30 minors at St. Kate's

Below is a sample academic plan. You can work with an advisor to tailor it to your needs.

ASL 1110: Beginning ASL I

ASL 1120: Beginning ASL II

ASL 2110: Intermediate ASL I
ASL 2010: Introduction to American Deaf Culture

ASL 2120: Intermediate ASL II
ASL 2500: Fingerspelling Lab

ASL 3110: Advanced ASL I
INTP 3050: ASL and English Text Analysis

ASL 3120: Advanced ASL II
INTP 3060: ASL/English Translation
ASL/INTP: Elective

ASL 3130: Conversational ASL

INTP 4210: Senior Seminar
INTP 4604: Internship or ASL/INTP Elective
ASL 3330: ASL Classifiers

For detailed course descriptions, visit the courses page.

Additional supporting courses are required to complete the ASL major. Upon admission, your academic advisor will help you create a more detailed major plan to complete the liberal arts and sciences core requirements.

Current degree holder

If you already have a degree but want to pursue an ASL major, you can enroll in a post-baccalaureate certificate. (Post-baccalaureate majors are open to both women and men.)

Students completing the ASL or interpreting programs as a certificate must complete the required ASL prerequisite courses but are exempt from other supporting courses and liberal arts requirements.