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Mission Statement

AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE PROGRAM

The American Sign Language (ASL) Program curriculum is an intensive program of study dedicated to preparing individuals to interact in a positive and supportive manner with members of the American Deaf Community. This Program is designed to assist students in acquiring competence in American Sign Language, developing an understanding of the American Deaf Community and its culture, and applying their linguistic and cultural skills and knowledge to a particular academic area of study.

The ASL Program offers a wide array of courses as well as volunteer, internship, and practicum opportunities. For students wishing to pursue a degree in ASL/English Interpretation, the Program is committed to providing opportunities that will allow them to acquire the linguistic, cognitive, and ethical decision-making skills as well as the socio-cultural knowledge necessary to serve as professional ASL/English interpreters. Students pursuing a combined major in Psychology, Theater, or Human Services integrate their foundation in ASL and the Deaf Community with these academic disciplines.

(See below for an ASL Translation)