American Sign Language (ASL)

Applications for ASL are available HERE or in the Department of World Languages & Cultures, 104 Ruter Hall.

In Fall 2023,  American Sign Language, Level I (WLC 100) will be offered.

Please read the information below before deciding whether to apply to take ASL.

Allegheny’s ASL courses are not regular classroom courses.

  • They are language courses offered under a guided self-instruction format that involves the extensive use of recorded media.

What Are The Criteria For Success In This Type Of Study?

  • Very high motivation — a burning desire to learn the language.
  • Self-discipline and good study habits: be able to spend at least two hours per day (12-15 hours per week) in concentrated study.
  • A high threshold of boredom: the ability to stick to mechanical, repetitive drill and memorization for extended periods.
  • An academic average of B (3.0) or better.
  • Evidence of language-learning aptitude (usually shown by successful study of other languages, or high score on the Modern Language Aptitude Test).

What Is Required To Participate In The Program?

  • Submit an application and obtain permission to enroll from the instructor.
  • Attend an orientation session.

For more information, please contact Professor Jill Lewis.