American Sign Language Programs

Acquiring a new language through Gallaudet University American Sign Language (ASL) Professional Studies is an important investment in your education and in your life. The ASL program learning experience is grounded in excellent language and cultural academics and is further enhanced in a uniquely language-specific environment. This site provides a comprehensive overview of all that this program has to offer. We urge you to inquire, experience, and apply, knowing that you will receive a newfound knowledge that will last you a lifetime.

American Sign Language (ASL) Courses

Students are required to attend all classes and apply ASL, not only in the classroom with their peers, but also in various aspects outside the classroom to maximize their language development.

Language Application
In addition to class participation, students are given opportunities to attend Deaf events on campus or an event hosted in the ASL community to better understand the use of the language within its dynamic environment.

Comprehensive and Intensive
These courses include student activities that require them to produce video assignments through GoReact, a web-based tool, which allow students to submit and receive graded work including constructive feedback, provided by the instructor to further enhance the student's language growth.

*Courses are not available for audits
**Online courses are reserved for external students

Fingerspelling I (1 credit)

This course is designed to help students develop comprehension and production fingerspelling skills used in American Sign Language. Within a range of contexts and using a variety of topics, the instructor will guide the students through extensive fingerspelling drills that emphasize clear form and transitions. Pass/fail grading basis.
Prerequisite: Completion of ASL II or permission of the department.
Tuition: PST: $317
Course Materials: None

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CourseDatesDaysTimeStatus
PST 136-01 1/28/19 - 2/27/19 M/W 4:00pm-5:20pm CLOSED

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CourseDatesDaysTimeStatus
PST 136-01 9/9/19-10/9/19 M/W 4:00pm-5:20pm OPEN

Fingerspelling II (1 credit)

This course expands the emphasis on using fingerspelled and abbreviated words as well as lexicalized signs in ASL within a range of contexts. The instructor will guide the student through dialogues and short stories that emphasize clear form and transitions. Pass/fail grading basis.
Prerequisite: Completion of ASL III or permission of the department. 
Tuition: PST: $317
Course materials: None

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CourseDatesDaysTimeStatus
PST 137-01 1/28/19 - 2/27/19 M/W 4:00pm-5:20pm CLOSED

    Fall Schedule        Sign Up

CourseDatesDaysTimeStatus
PST 137-01 10/14/19-11/13/19 M/W 4:00pm-5:20pm OPEN

Visual Gestural Communication (3 credits)

Students will develop capabilities in non-verbal communication and visual gestural communication, studying gestures as a form of communication and a basis for visual language. Emphasis is on learning to think in pictures and building production and comprehension communication skills.
Prerequisite: None
Tuition: PST: $950
Course materials: None
Note: Payment must be received to finalize your course registration.

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CourseDatesDaysTimeStatus
PST 300-01 1/26/19 - 5/04/19 S 9:00pm-12:15pm CLOSED

   Fall Schedule        Sign Up

CourseDatesDaysTimeStatus
PST 300-01 9/7/19-12/7/19 S 9:00pm-12:15pm OPEN

ASL I (3 credits)

This course introduces the basics of American Sign Language (ASL) and is designed for students who have little or no previous knowledge of ASL. Readiness for learning will be approached via visual-gestural communication techniques, visual discrimination, and visual memory exercises. ASL questions, commands, and other simple sentence structures are introduced to develop rudimentary conversational skills in ASL. Information about the Deaf Community and Deaf Culture will be introduced.
Prerequisite: None
Tuition: PST: $950 
Course materials: 1) Purchase textbook(s) at eCampus. 2) GoReact ($19.95)
Syllabus: ASL I (On Campus) - PDF
Note: Payment must be received to finalize your course registration.

Spring Schedule      Sign Up

CourseDatesDaysTimeStatus
PST 301-01 1/23/19 - 5/06/19 M/W 6:30pm-7:50pm OPEN
PST 301-02 1/26/19 - 5/04/19 S 9:00am-12:15pm CLOSED
PST 301-03 1/23/19 - 5/06/19 M/W 8:30am-9:50am OPEN
PST 301-04 1/22/19 - 5/02/19 T/TH 2:00pm-3:20pm CLOSED

    Fall Schedule        Sign Up

CourseDatesDaysTimesStatus
PST 301-01 8/26/19 - 12/09/19 M/W 6:30pm-7:50pm OPEN
PST 301-02 9/07/19 - 12/07/19 S 9:00am-12:15pm OPEN
PST 301-03 8/26/19 - 12/09/19 M/W 8:30am-9:50am OPEN
PST 301-04 8/27/19 - 12/05/19 T/TH 2:00pm-3:20pm OPEN

ASL II (3 credits)

This course is designed to continue development of American Sign Language (ASL) skills with primary focus on refining the use of basic ASL sentence types. Pronominalization, classifiers, spatial referencing, pluralization, and temporal and distributional aspects are introduced. Students will learn routine communicative functions of the language: asking, requesting, providing clarification, giving and asking for directions. Information about the Deaf Community and Deaf Culture will be included.
Prerequisite: ASL I with a grade of "B" or better, or equivalent and permission of program coordinator.
Tuition: PST: $950 
Course materials: 1) Purchase textbook(s) at eCampus. 2) GoReact ($19.95)
Syllabus: ASL II  (On Campus) - PDF
Note: Payment must be received to finalize your course registration.

Spring Schedule     Sign Up

CourseDatesDaysTimeStatus
PST 302-01 1/23/19 - 5/06/19 M/W 6:30pm-7:50pm CLOSED
PST 302-02 1/26/19 - 5/04/19 S 9:00am-12:15pm CLOSED
PST 302-03 1/23/19 - 5/06/19 M/W 8:30am-9:50am OPEN
PST 302-04 1/22/19 - 5/02/19 T/TH 2:00pm-3:20pm OPEN

    Fall Schedule        Sign Up

CourseDatesDaysTimeStatus
PST 302-01 8/26/19 - 12/9/19 M/W 6:30pm-7:50pm OPEN
PST 302-02 9/07/19 - 12/07/19 S 9:00am-12:15pm OPEN
PST 302-03 8/26/19 - 12/9/19 M/W 8:30am-9:50am OPEN
PST 302-04 8/27/19 - 12/5/19 T/TH 2:00pm-3:20pm OPEN

ASL III (3 credits)

This course builds on skills learned in American Sign Language (ASL) II, adding more complex ASL grammatical features and vocabulary, short stories, narratives, and dialogues. The course will include description of general surroundings, appropriate sequencing, temporal aspects and conditionals. Information about the Deaf Community and Deaf Culture will be included.
Prerequisite: ASL II with a grade of "B" or better, or equivalent and permission of program coordinator.
Tuition: PST: $950 
Course materials: 1) Purchase textbook(s) at eCampus. 2) GoReact ($19.95)
Syllabus: ASL III (On Campus) - PDF
Note: Payment must be received to finalize your course registration.

Spring Schedule     Sign Up

CourseDatesDaysTimeStatus
PST 303-01 1/23/19 - 5/06/19 M/W 6:30pm-7:50pm CLOSED
PST 303-02 1/26/19 - 5/04/19 S 9:00am-12:15pm CLOSED
PST 303-03 1/23/19 - 5/06/19 M/W 12:30pm-1:50pm CLOSED
PST 303-04 1/22/19 - 5/02/19 T/TH 8:00am-9:20am OPEN

   Fall Schedule        Sign Up

CourseDatesDaysTimeStatus
PST 303-01 8/26/19 - 12/09/19 M/W 6:30pm-7:50pm OPEN
PST 303-02 9/07/19 - 12/07/19 S 9:00am-12:15pm OPEN
PST 303-03 8/26/19 - 12/9/19 M/W 12:30pm-1:50pm OPEN
PST 303-04 8/27/19 - 12/5/19 T/TH 8:00am-9:20am OPEN

ASL IV (3 credits)

This course expands on the development of American Sign Language (ASL) vocabulary and grammar, including the use of two to three character role shifts. Students describe settings, and explain or discuss everyday objects and their use, step-by-step processes, cause and effect, and culturally significant topics relating to the Deaf Community.
Prerequisite: ASL III with a grade of "B" or better, or equivalent and permission of program coordinator.
Tuition: PST: $950
Course materials: 1) Purchase textbook(s) at eCampus. 2) GoReact ($19.95)
Syllabus: ASL IV (On Campus) - PDF
Note: Payment must be received to finalize your course registration.

Spring Schedule    Sign Up

CourseDatesDaysTimeStatus
PST 304-01 1/23/19 - 5/06/19 M/W 6:30pm-7:50pm CLOSED
PST 304-02 1/26/19 - 5/04/19 S 9:00am-12:15pm CLOSED
PST 304-03 1/23/19 - 5/06/19 M/W 12:30pm-1:50pm CLOSED
PST 304-04 1/22/19 - 5/02/19 T/TH 8:00am-9:20am CLOSED

   Fall Schedule       Sign Up

CourseDatesDaysTimeStatus
PST 304-01 8/26/19 - 12/09/19 M/W 6:30pm-7:50pm OPEN
PST 304-02 9/07/19 - 12/07/19 S 9:00am-12:15pm OPEN
PST 304-03 8/26/19 - 12/9/19 M/W 12:30pm-1:50pm OPEN
PST 304-04 8/27/19 - 12/5/19 T/TH 8:00am-9:20am OPEN

ASL V (3 credits)

This course applies knowledge of American Sign Language (ASL) grammar and vocabulary to the description of increasingly complex constructs, processes and situations. Students incorporate multiple character role shifting into medium-length stories, narratives and the discussion of hypothetical issues. Information on cultural values and attitudes as they relate to the Deaf Community is also examined.
Prerequisite: ASL IV with a grade of "B" or better, or equivalent and permission of program coordinator.
Tuition: PST: $950 
Course materials: 1) Purchase textbook(s) at eCampus. 2) GoReact($19.95)
Syllabus: ASL IV (On Campus) - PDF
Note: Payment must be received to finalize your course registration.

Spring Schedule     Sign Up

CourseDatesDaysTimeStatus
PST 305-01 1/23/19 - 5/06/19 M/W 6:30pm-7:50pm CLOSED
PST 305-02 1/26/19 - 5/04/19 S 9:00am-12:15pm OPEN

   Fall Schedule        Sign Up

CourseDatesDaysTimeStatus
PST 305-01 8/26/19 - 12/09/19 M/W 6:30pm-7:50pm OPEN
PST 305-02 9/07/19 - 12/07/19 S 9:00am-12:15pm OPEN

ASL VI (3 credits)

This course applies knowledge of American Sign Language (ASL) grammar and vocabulary to the description of increasingly complex constructs, processes and situations. Students incorporate multiple character role shifting into medium-length stories, narratives and the discussion of hypothetical issues. Information on cultural values and attitudes as they relate to the Deaf Community is also examined.
Prerequisite: ASL V with a grade of "B" or better, or equivalent and permission of program coordinator.
Tuition: PST: $950 
Course materials: 1) None  2) GoReact($19.95)
Syllabus: ASL V1 (On Campus) - PDF
Note: Payment must be received to finalize your course registration.

Spring Schedule     Sign Up

CourseDatesDaysTimeStatus
PST 306-01 N/A

   Fall Schedule        Sign Up

CourseDatesDaysTimeStatus
PST 306-01 N/A

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