American Sign Language (ASL) is a complete, complex language akin to other languages such as Spanish, Italian, and Japanese. ASL has been recognized as such, by both the Modern Language Association and the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages.
The aim of this minor is to help students increase ASL language and cultural competencies, and to develop a deeper understanding of Deaf experiences through historical, social, and cultural lenses. The curriculum employs an interdisciplinary approach that offers opportunities for students to apply their linguistic skills and theoretical knowledge to create an understanding that inspires innovative solutions for problems that perpetuate the marginalization of Deaf people. The ASL minor will serve as a valuable complement to any declared major in the sciences, social sciences, education, humanities, and/or the arts. A combination of ASL competency and cultural knowledge makes students strong candidates for graduate studies or employment in deaf-related fields.
Placement Assessment for American Sign Language courses
We encourage students who are considering enrollment into American Sign Language courses, and who have taken an ASL course(s) prior to coming to the University of Vermont, to take a language placement assessment (an interview with ASL faculty member). The assessment determines language proficiency and which course best fits each student’s competence and knowledge of ASL. All students wishing to take the assessment should contact Dr. John Pirone at John.Pirone@uvm.edu to schedule an appointment.