Universities That Accept ASL In Fulfillment Of Foreign Language Requirements


List maintained by
Sherman Wilcox, Ph.D.
University of New Mexico

PLEASE NOTE: This list is for colleges and universities that accept ASL in fulfillment of GRADUATION requirements. It does NOT address ADMISSION requirements. See the new Notes section below for more specific information about schools and state acceptance of ASL as a foreign language, etc. If you have information about your school or state that you would like added to the Notes section, please contact me.

  1. 1.Abilene Christian University

  2. 2.American University

  3. 3.Antioch College (Ohio)

  4. 4.Arcadia University

  5. 5.Arizona State University

  6. 6.Augsburg College (Minneapolis, MN)

  7. 7.Augustana University

  8. 8.Baylor University

  9. 9.Bethel College (Indiana)

  10. 10.Boston University

  11. 11.Brandeis University

  12. 12.Brigham Young University

  13. 13.Brown University

  14. 14.Butler University (Indiana)

  15. 15.Cabrillo College (California)

  16. 16.California State University system: All 23 CSU campuses accept ASL in fulfillment of the foreign language graduation requirement

  17. 17.Capital University (Columbus, OH)

  18. 18.Catholic University

  19. 19.Central Connecticut State University

  20. 20.Central Washington University

  21. 21.Centralia College

  22. 22.Clark University (Worcester, MA)

  23. 23.Clemson University

  24. 24.College of St. Catherine (MN)

  25. 25.College of Southern Idaho

  26. 26.College of Staten Island

  27. 27.College of St. Rose (Albany, NY)

  28. 28.Dallas Baptist University

  29. 29.East Central Oklahoma State University

  30. 30.Eastern Illinois University

  31. 31.Eastern Washington University

  32. 32.Elms College (Chicopee MA)

  33. 33.The Evergreen College (Washington)

  34. 34.Florida A & M University

  35. 35.Florida Atlantic University

  36. 36.Florida Atlantic Universisty Honors College (Wilkes Honors College)

  37. 37.Florida Gulf Coast University

  38. 38.Florida International University

  39. 39.Florida State University

  40. 40.Fresno Pacific University

  41. 41.Gardner-Webb University

  42. 42.George Mason University

  43. 43.Georgetown University

  44. 44.Goshen College

  45. 45.Holy Cross College (Worcester, MA)

  46. 46.Howard University

  47. 47.Howard Payne University

  48. 48.Illinois State University

  49. 49.Indiana University

  50. 50.Kent State University

  51. 51.Lamar University

  52. 52.Linfield College

  53. 53.Loyola University

  54. 54.Lubbock Christian University

  55. 55.MacMurray College (Jacksonville IL)

  56. 56.Madonna University

  57. 57.Mary Hardin Baylor University

  58. 58.Maryville College

  59. 59.McDaniel College

  60. 60.Messiah College

  61. 61.Miami University (Oxford OH)

  62. 62.Michigan State University

  63. 63.Montclair State University

  64. 64.Neumann University (Aston, PA)

  65. 65.New College of Florida

  66. 66.New Mexico Highlands University

  67. 67.New York University (School of Education)

  68. 68.National Technical Institute for the Deaf (Rochester, NY)

  69. 69.Northeastern University

  70. 70.Northern Arizona Universitiy

  71. 71.Northern Illinois University

  72. 72.Ohio State University

  73. 73.Oklahoma State University

  74. 74.Pacific Lutheran University

  75. 75.Portland State University

  76. 76.Purdue University

  77. 77.Radford University (Radford, VA)

  78. 78.Russell Sage College (Troy, NY)

  79. 79.Sacramento Community College

  80. 80.San Antonio College

  81. 81.San Diego State University

  82. 82.Saint Francis University

  83. 83.Scripps College (Claremont, CA)

  84. 84.Southern Connecticut State University

  85. 85.Southern Illinois University-Carbondale

  86. 86.Southern Methodist University

  87. 87.Stanford University

  88. 88.SUNY Albany

  89. 89.SUNY Brockport

  90. 90.SUNY Buffalo

  91. 91.SUNY Empire State

  92. 92.SUNY Fredonia

  93. 93.SUNY Geneseo

  94. 94.SUNY Oneonta

  95. 95.SUNY Oswego

  96. 96.SUNY Plattsburgh

  97. 97.Stephen F. Austin University

  98. 98.Tennessee Temple University

  99. 99.Texas A&M University - Central Texas

  100. 100.Texas A & M University - College Station

  101. 101.Texas A & M University - Commerce

  102. 102.Texas A & M University - Corpus Christi

  103. 103.Texas State University

  104. 104.Texas Tech University

  105. 105.Texas Wesleyan University

  106. 106.Texas Woman's University

  107. 107.Tufts University

  108. 108.University of Akron

  109. 109.University of Alaska (Fairbanks)

  110. 110.University of Arizona

  111. 111.University of Arkansas (Little Rock)

  112. 112.University of Buffalo

  113. 113.University of Calif. at Berkeley (accepted for entrance, not exit, requirements)

  114. 114.University of Calif. at San Diego

  115. 115.University of Calif. at Davis

  116. 116.University of California Los Angeles

  117. 117.University of Central Florida

  118. 118.University of Chicago

  119. 119.University of Cincinnati

  120. 120.University of Colorado-Boulder

  121. 121.University of Connecticut

  122. 122.University of Findlay (Ohio)

  123. 123.University of Florida

  124. 124.University of Georgia (Athens)

  125. 125.University of Hawaii (Manoa)

  126. 126.University of Iceland

  127. 127.University of Illinois-Chicago

  128. 128.University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

  129. 129.University of Iowa

  130. 130.University of Kansas

  131. 131.University of Louisville (KY)

  132. 132.University of Maryland

  133. 133.University of Massachusetts

  134. 134.University of Maine at Machias

  135. 135.University of Michigan

  136. 136.University of Minnesota

  137. 137.University of Missouri (all campuses)

  138. 138.University of Nevada-Reno

  139. 139.University of New Hampshire (Durham)

  140. 140.University of New Hampshire (Manchester)

  141. 141.University of New Mexico

  142. 142.University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill)

  143. 143.University of North Carolina (Charlotte)

  144. 144.University of North Carolina (Greensboro)

  145. 145.University of North Carolina (Wilmington)

  146. 146.University of North Florida

  147. 147.University of North Texas (Denton)

  148. 148.University of Northern Colorado

  149. 149.University of Northern Iowa

  150. 150.University of Oregon

  151. 151.University of Pennsylvania

  152. 152.University of Pittsburgh

  153. 153.University of Rochester

  154. 154.University of San Francisco

  155. 155.University of South Florida

  156. 156.University of Southern Florida

  157. 157.University of Tennessee

  158. 158.University of Texas - Austin

  159. 159.University of Texas - Pan American

  160. 160.University of Texas-San Antonio

  161. 161.University of Tulsa

  162. 162.University of Utah

  163. 163.University of Vermont

  164. 164.University of Virginia

  165. 165.University of Washington

  166. 166.University of West Florida

  167. 167.University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire

  168. 168.University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

  169. 169.University of Wyoming

  170. 170.Utah State University

  171. 171.Utah Valley State College

  172. 172.Vassar College

  173. 173.Virginia Tech

  174. 174.Washington State University

  175. 175.Weber State University

  176. 176.West Virginia University (School of Journalism majors)

  177. 177.Western Oregon University

  178. 178.Western Washington University

  179. 179.William Rainey Harper College (Palatine, IL)

  180. 180.William Woods University

  181. 181.Wright State University (Ohio)

  182. 182.Xavier University (Cincinnati)

  183. 183.Xavier University (Louisiana)

  184. 184.Yale University

List updated May 15, 2016

Please Note (Disclaimer):

Some people have asked about how information is obtained for this page, and thus whether it is exhaustive and accurate. I must point out three things about the list.

First, I have not contacted these schools. The list began almost 10 years ago when I was in contact with colleagues who were able to supply reliable information. I collected this information and made it available on request. Later, I made the list available on the web. As more and more people read this list and provide new information, it has become ever more difficult to ensure the accuracy of the information. Increasingly, the data for the list comes from people -- students, faculty, or administrators -- at these schools who have contacted me and reported that the school accepts ASL as a foreign language. When I find an institution to be incorrectly listed, I immediately remove it from the list. If readers know or suspect that a listed school does not accept ASL, please let me know so that I can remove the school from this list.

Second, 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. Still others may accept ASL on an ad hoc basis for certain majors. I attempt to exclude schools from the list when I can determine that the "acceptance" is on an individual or ad hoc basis. I cannot guarantee that I always catch these cases, however.

Third, because this is an informal list, it is not exhaustive. There may be schools which accept ASL as a foreign language which are not listed. If readers know of schools accepting ASL in fulfillment of the undergraduate foreign language requirements which are not listed, please contact me. It is helpful if you include the email address for a contact person at the institution. It is even better if you ask an official at the institution to contact me directly.



All 23 California State University campuses accept ASL in fulfillment of the foreign language graduation requirement


In Kentucky any state college or university that offers ASL must accept it as a modern language credit. When a high school student takes it at the high school level it can satisfy their modern language entrance requirement for any state school.


The University System of Maryland (USM) now accepts ASL as a foreign language. This statewide policy will cause Maryland universities and local school boards to adopt similar policies concerning ASL instruction. Montgomery County has been the first to do so.


Legislation mandates that ASL meets foreign language high school graduation and four-year admission requirements:

“Pursuant to any foreign language requirement established by the state board of education or a local school district, or both, for purposes of high school graduation, students who receive instruction in American Sign Language shall be considered to have satisfied the state or local school district foreign language graduation requirement. Minimum admission standards will be established for four-year institutions, including a requirement that coursework in American Sign Language shall satisfy any foreign language requirement the board or the institution may establish as a general undergraduate admissions requirement.”

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