American Sign Language
"The professors in this program are so passionate for ASL that it is impossible not to fall in love with all the unique characteristics of the language."
Students who want to study American Sign Language (ASL) have two options:
- A five-course minor in American Sign Language including advanced ASL courses and courses in Deaf history and Deaf culture. 17 credits.
- A three-course sequence that meets the foreign language requirement for majors for which there is such a requirement. 12 credits.
American Sign Language Minor
American Sign Language is a complete, complex language that employs signs made with the hands and other movements, including facial expressions and postures of the body. In the ASL minor program at Mason, students learn how to better communicate with family, friends, clients, students, and others who are deaf or hard of hearing.
Foreign Language Requirement
Take one, two, or all three American Sign Language courses to learn how to better communicate with family, friends, clients, students, and others who are deaf or hard-of-hearing. ASL is a three-semester sequence that meets the foreign language requirement for majors for which there is such a requirement.
- EDSE 115: American Sign Language (ASL) I (4 credits)
- EDSE 116: American Sign Language (ASL) II (4 credits)
- EDSE 219: American Sign Language (ASL) III (4 credits)
Students may be eligible for a waiver of the foreign language requirement if they demonstrate intermediate-level proficiency on the American Sign Language Proficiency Interview (ASLPI). Contact the Division for more information on ASL placement testing or waiver.
What are some of the benefits of the American Sign Language minor at Mason?
- ASL is the primary language of many North Americans who are deaf and is one of several communication options used by people who are deaf or hard of hearing.
- In addition to studying the language, students in the minor at Mason gain insight into the rich culture and history of the Deaf community.
- Students who complete EDSE 115 (or equivalent), 116, and 219 also meet the foreign language requirement for majors that have one.
Students must successfully complete EDSE 115: American Sign Language (ASL) I (4 credits) or its equivalent prior to enrolling in course work. At least 8 credits must be applied only to this minor and may not be used to fulfill requirements of a major, concentration, undergraduate certificate, or another minor.
Students who want to study American Sign Language have two options:
• A three-course sequence that meets the foreign language requirement for majors for which there is such a requirement. 12 credits
• A five-course minor in American Sign Language including advanced ASL courses and courses in Deaf history and Deaf culture. 17 credits
Students may elect minor programs of study in addition to major fields. Students interested in a minor should meet with the minor advisor to obtain the required signature on the Minor Declaration form and submit the completed Minor Declaration form to the Office of the University Registrar.
|TUITION CLASSIFICATION||COST PER CREDIT|
|CEHD Course Fee
($25/credit with higher per credit or flat course fees for internship and select ATEP, PRLS, and RECR courses)
|$25.00 - $250.00|
|Total Cost for Virginia Residents per Credit||$571.50 - $796.50|
|Total Cost for Non-Virginia Residents per Credit||$1,549.00 - $1,774.00|
|Undergraduate New Student Fee
(non-refundable, one-time fee)
|$350 | $275 for transfer students|
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