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American Sign Language

Our outstanding American Sign Language (ASL) instructors include native users of sign language with expertise in linguistics, deaf culture, and the teaching of ASL as a second language. University of Georgia students from all schools and colleges can complete three or four semesters of ASL to satisfy foreign language requirements for their degrees. ASL faculty and students are involved in a wide range of university and community programs and activities.

The program offers an undergraduate minor in American Sign Language designed to develop advanced language knowledge and skills.

Degree Programs


Explore Deaf Studies

This program area offers an interdisciplinary course in Deaf Studies (AMSL 3000). The course exposes students to the history, contributions, and contemporary lives of Deaf people in America. Explore a range of issues that are developed in the purview of Deaf Studies — linguistics, education, sociology, psychology, and other fields. Students do not need to know sign language to take this class. Interpreters are provided.

Language Placement Evaluations

Students who have taken ASL in high school or at other universities should request a placement evaluation in order to be able to identify the correct level in the ASL language series and potentially obtain permission to register for an upper level course. Placement evaluations are offered during the months of October and March. Completion of the placement examination is required for the assessment of equivalency for course credit at UGA for any student who has not completed the prerequisite course in ASL at UGA.

To indicate your interest in participating in the placement evaluation, please complete the online ASML Pre-Screening Questionnaire and email Jeannine Parry after you have completed the pre-screening survey.

Faculty and Staff

Laurie Achin Lecturer
Brian W Leffler Senior Lecturer
Amy Peterson Lecturer

Contact Info

570 Aderhold Hall 110 Carlton Street Athens, Georgia, 30602
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