American Sign Language Program Description

The American Sign Language Program at The University of Akron ensures student opportunity for developing competencies in conversational American Sign Language while obtaining university credit toward foreign language requirement or elective study.

Via four levels of consecutive American Sign Language coursework, our Survey of Deaf Culture course, and an optional First Responders to the Deaf Community course, students are evaluated per individual class success and continue on with passing grades. Manual Communication Certificates are awarded to those students successfully completing the full menu of courses. First Responders to the Deaf Community may be taken after earning a grade of “C” or better in American Sign Language-3.

Mission Statement:

To ensure student opportunity for developing competencies in conversational American Sign Language while obtaining university credit toward foreign language requirement or elective study.

Outcome Statement:

Via four levels of consecutive American Sign Language coursework, our Survey of Deaf Culture course, and an optional First Responders to the Deaf Community course, students are evaluated per individual class success and continue on with passing grades. Manual Communication Certificates are awarded to those students successfully completing the full menu of courses. First Responders to the Deaf Community may be taken after earning a grade of “C” or better in American Sign Language-3.