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A minor in American Sign Language (ASL) enables students to develop the necessary knowledge of the cultural norms, values and traditions within the Deaf community, as well as the ability to use ASL in a one-on-one setting at a conversational level. Students will be aware of the pathological perspective of deafness that is typically held by the dominant American hearing culture, and possess the ability to navigate between both the cultural and pathological perspectives.
ASL is an integral part of the Deaf community and Deaf culture. Through a minor in ASL, students will have the opportunity to acquire a respect for the diverse deaf population, appreciate the uniqueness of the culture and understand the ethical issues that the Deaf community faces. Students will develop a relationship with the Deaf community through their knowledge of Deaf culture and strong conversational skills in ASL. Their educational experience will grow through interaction, and their careers will be enhanced by having the unique ability to use ASL.
Our program includes a study abroad opportunity with the American Sign Language Immersion trip to the Dominican Republic each semester through the Mission School for the Deaf in Dajabon. We also have a vibrant student organization in the The ASL club, who enjoy teaching and sharing American Sign Language with others year-round!
117 Evergreen Drive P.O. Box 600 Loretto, PA 15940