American Sign Language (ASL) Studies

The American Sign Language (ASL) Studies program is offered as an undergraduate degree or minor. Most of your advanced coursework will be finished after completion of American Sign Language levels I through IV. Your degree will be a Bachelor of Science in Education with a major/focus in American Sign Language Studies. Completion of this degree will provide an individual with a strong foundation in ASL, as well as knowledge of ASL culture, history and literature.

The ASL Studies program's mission is to develop students' knowledge and skills in ASL and an understanding of its linguistics, culture, history, and literature. The program emphasizes the social and cultural diversity of the signing community and serves as a foundation for building personal and professional relationships across socio-cultural communities.

The ASL Studies program allows for collaboration between UWM's Interpreter Training Program, Deaf and Hard of Hearing Education program, and World Languages Teacher Certificate Program. This is the only program like this in the state that has extensive collaboration with other programs, providing opportunities to apply what has been learned in ASL classes.

ASL Major


The ASL Degree will provide a person with a foundation and fluency in American Sign Language. It is a degree that pairs nicely with any other subject areas, for example:

• Interpreter Training Program and ASL Studies will provide an individual with a foundation and fluency in the language and the skill of how to interpret.
• Deaf and Hard of Hearing Education, after obtaining the ASL Studies degree, will provide an individual with a foundation in the language in order to better teach deaf and hard of hearing children.
• American Sign Language Teacher Education, after obtaining ASL Studies degree, will provide an individual with a strong base of the language in order to teach others the language.
• Other majors on campus may pair with an ASL Studies degree to allow an individual to be bilingual and more employable within their field.

ASL Major Course Load Sheet (PDF)

ASL Minor


The Minor will guide a student through all six levels of ASL courses, along with some upper level language courses. The ASL Minor pairs nicely with any other subject areas at UWM, for example:

• Interpreter Training Program
• Regular or Special Education
• Nursing
• Psychology
• Social Work
• Business
• Criminal Justice
• Communication Disorders

Other majors on campus along with the ASL Studies Minor will allow an individual to be bilingual and more employable within their field.

Note: You must be a student at UWM with a degree seeking major in order to pursue the ASL minor.

ASL Minor Course Load Sheet (PDF)