The Certificate in American Sign Language (ASL), offered by the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, provides students with intermediate-level skills in the widely used language of the deaf in the U.S. and Canada. Students also learn about American Deaf culture and gain valuable insight for future encounters with individuals who are deaf in professional and social contexts. This course of study is particularly useful for students majoring in any of the health professions, education, psychology, law, cognitive neuroscience or linguistics. The certificate program also provides students with foundational skills in ASL for additional education in ASL-English interpreting or education of individuals who are D/deaf or hearing impaired.

Campus Location: Main

Program Code: HP-ASL-CERT

Contact Information

Rena Krakow, PhD, Associate Professor, Program Director
Weiss Hall, Room 267

Lisa Bedore, Chair
Weiss Hall, Room 110

Kara Black, MA, Academic Advisor
Weiss Hall, Room 251

Learn more about the undergraduate certificate in American Sign Language.


The Certificate in American Sign Language (ASL) will be awarded to students who complete the following 5-course sequence:

CSCD 1001American Sign Language I3
or CSCD 1901 Honors American Sign Language 1
CSCD 1002American Sign Language II3
or CSCD 1902 Honors American Sign Language 2
CSCD 1003American Sign Language III3
CSCD 1004American Sign Language IV3
CSCD 2011American Deaf Culture3
Total Credit Hours15