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WKU - American Sign Language Studies - Undergraduate Certificate

Did you know that American Sign Language is the third most commonly used language in the United States, behind only English and Spanish?

If you work with the public or have an interest in interacting with those who are deaf or hard-of-hearing, this certificate program may be for you. The program enables you to use basic communication with colleagues, customers, or loved ones who use ASL.

The WKU Certificate in American Sign Language Studies provides language training and cultural enrichment for people who wish to learn ASL and the uniqueness of deaf culture. This program is appropriate for students who plan to or currently work with deaf clients within a business, education, criminal justice, or medical field. The program may also be particularly useful for parents of deaf children.

Upon successful completion, you will:

  • Be equipped to use basic skills in American Sign Language in order to communicate effectively with deaf adults and children who depend on visual representations of English for communication;
  • Be aware of the diversity of the deaf culture;
  • Be prepared for further study in the field of interpreting.

Please note the ASL Studies Certificate will not qualify students to become licensed interpreters.


NOTE: The course prefix has been changed to ASL from CD.

The ASL Certificate requires students earn a minimum of 12 credit hours with a grade of "C" or better:

Required Core Courses (9 hours):

  • ASL 101 American Sign Language I
  • ASL 102 American Sign Language II
  • ASL 401 Fingerspelling

Elective Courses (3 hours):

  • ASL 201 American Sign Language III
  • ASL 301 American Sign Language IV
  • ASL 402 Professional Ethics & Issues
  • ASL 403 Deaf Culture & History

Note: ASL 101 and ASL 102 can be used to fulfill the foreign language requirement at WKU or may be transferred to institutions as language or humanities electives.

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 Last Modified 9/25/14