American Sign Language Minor

*Not a baccalaureate program

In the United States and most parts of Canada, Deaf people are the primary users of American Sign Language (ASL). They have created and maintain a community that shares features of ethnic communities. ASL has played a main role in how Deaf people have become a linguistic and cultural minority in the context of society. For more than 50 years, ASL has been recognized as an independent and full-fledged human language possessing a linguistic structure comprised of its own phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, and pragmatics.

ASL currently enjoys popularity as a language to study. The Modern Language Association of America released their final report in June 2019 showing that, in terms of ranking, ASL is the third most studied world language in American colleges and universities.

The UB ASL program works to identify each student’s unique strengths and use them as the basis for learning ASL. Students are provided an opportunity to be directly exposed to, and learn from, the Deaf ASL-using community living in Western New York and beyond.

Undergraduate Degree & Course Catalog - American Sign Language Minor