American Sign Language (course offerings)

Two students signing

The American Sign Language (ASL) curriculum provides students with the knowledge and skills to learn about Deaf people, their culture and of course their language. The curriculum focuses on the uniqueness of ASL as a language, Deaf Culture, and Deaf History. This program provides two years of studies in ASL courses and Deaf Culture. This program also provides unique service learning and cultural immersion opportunities.

Students with no knowledge or skill in ASL can enroll in beginning level courses. For those students who have some skills signing, a sign language assessment determines appropriate placement in the curriculum. Students who desire to create a self -designed minor in ASL are supported and advised through completion.

This program provides students with plentiful opportunities to interact and become involved in the social and cultural activities of the Deaf Community. Our ASL and Deaf Culture courses require students to create educational opportunities for their community to learn about Deaf people and their language. Our students not only learn about Deaf people and their language, but are taught to become allies to the Deaf Community.

The ASL Club on campus is extremely active and plans a plethora of activities that provide even more opportunities for students to use their new skills to interact, educate, advocate, and model what they are learning in the classroom. The club hosts a program that was developed at the College, called CAPS (Children and Parents Signing). This program provides free sign language courses to families with Deaf and Hard of Hearing children. In addition, each year the club brings famous people from the Deaf community for presentations and workshops that draw people from all over the Northland area.

The College of St. Scholastica creates public awareness of this truly special Deaf World and fosters the desire to communicate with Deaf people and bridge these two communities together through direct communication. We work to prepare our students to use ASL in their personal and professional lives.

Contact Us

David Schuettler, Ph.D., Chair, Global, Cultural, and Language Studies Dept.

The College of St. Scholastica
School of Arts & Letters
Tower Hall, Room 4104
1200 Kenwood Avenue
Duluth, MN 55811

Phone: (218) 723-6720
Email: dschuett@css.edu