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Program of Studies

American Sign Language

 ASL is a visual language with vocabulary, grammar, idioms, and syntax different from English. This course focuses on the development of conversational sign-language skills and the grammatical structure of American Sign Language. Students are exposed to a variety of sign systems and modes of communication used by the Deaf community. This course introduces the history of sign language and the importance of Deaf culture. Class participation is an integral part of the course. Since ASL is a visual-gestural language, students will need to develop unique communication skills. These consist of using the hands, body, face, eyes and space. In order to achieve progress in this class, it is important to become comfortable communicating with your whole body and listening with your eyes.

 Prospective students should note that not all colleges and universities have formal policies accepting ASL in fulfillment of the foreign language requirement. That is why we are posting the most comprehensive online list of institutions that accept ASL. (The list is maintained from the University of New Mexico's World Language Department and it is updated regularly.) Please note that this is an informal list, and therefore not exhaustive. There may be schools which accept ASL as a foreign language which are not listed. Furthermore, the type of acceptance can vary greatly from school to school. Some institutions have formal policies accepting ASL in fulfillment of the foreign language requirement. Others accept ASL only within certain colleges, divisions, or departments. 


A Sample of Universities to which HMHS Students Apply


 The College of New Jersey
ASL is accepted as a world language and towards the world language requirement for admissions.
(phone call to admissions) 

Rowan University
ASL would not count as a world language, but it would count as an academic unit (towards required 16 academic units).
(phone call to admissions)



Virginia College and Universities - Chart of which schools accept ASL (see website: http://www-958.ibm.com/software/analytics/manyeyes/datasets/virginia-colleges-and-universities/versions/1)

VA Law - State institutions must now accept ASL (see website: http://capitalnews.vcu.edu/2011/04/08/law-promoting-sign-language-gets-final-ok/)

University of Richmond
ASL will not be accepted towards world language requirement for admissions (minimum of two consecutive years of the same language).
(see website: http://admissions.richmond.edu/process/requirements.html)

William and Mary
There is no world language requirement for admission, but students must take four semesters of world language. They can be exempt from this requirement if they have taken four years of world language in high school. However, ASL is not accepted as a world language.
(see website: http://www.wm.edu/admission/undergraduateadmission/faqs/academics/index.php#3)


Penn State
There is a two year world language requirement for admission. ASL is not accepted as a world language. However, students with less than two years of world language in high school can be admitted and may meet this requirement by passing one semester of world language in their first 60 credits at Penn State.
(see website: http://sites.psu.edu/weadmit/2013/08/12/the-world-language-requirement-what-you-need-to-know/)

 Villanova University
Does not have a world language requirement (two years encouraged but not required). ASL would not count as a world language, but it would count as an academic elective.
(phone call to admissions)

Concentration of Studies

COS Coordinator: 
Bill Seaman

Program Objective: The Concentration of Studies offers juniors and seniors the 
opportunity to engage in mentorships associated with a planned course of studies 
they wish to explore deeper, with the goal of expanding upon knowledge developed 
in the classroom to gain exposure and display ability in professional 
environments while learning through involvement, interaction, and experience. 
These opportunities will help students to cultivate their capabilities, assess 
and solidify their career goals, and prepare appropriate courses of 
postsecondary action.

Interest Meeting - PowerPoint

Program Summary

Mentorship Guidelines

Some possible Areas of Concentration include: Allied Health, Art, Business, 
Engineering, Law & Society, Media & Communications.

To express interest in the program or to ask questions about the application 
process, please contact your school counselor or the COS coordinator. They will 
be able to help you to decide if the Concentration of Studies is a good match 
for you.