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.Austin College

  9. 9.Bethel College (Indiana)

  10. 10.Boston University

  11. 11.Bowling Green State University

  12. 12.Brandeis University

  13. 13.Brigham Young University

  14. 14.Brown University

  15. 15.Butler University (Indiana)

  16. 16.Cabrillo College (California)

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

  18. 18.Capital University (Columbus, OH)

  19. 19.Catholic University

  20. 20.Central Connecticut State University

  21. 21.Central Washington University

  22. 22.Centralia College

  23. 23.Clark University (Worcester, MA)

  24. 24.Clemson University

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

  26. 26.College of Southern Idaho

  27. 27.College of Staten Island

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

  29. 29.Dallas Baptist University

  30. 30.East Central Oklahoma State University

  31. 31.Eastern Illinois University

  32. 32.Eastern Washington University

  33. 33.Elms College (Chicopee MA)

  34. 34.The Evergreen College (Washington)

  35. 35.Florida A & M University

  36. 36.Florida Atlantic University

  37. 37.Florida Atlantic University Honors College (Wilkes Honors College)

  38. 38.Florida Gulf Coast University

  39. 39.Florida International University

  40. 40.Florida State University

  41. 41.Framingham State University

  42. 42.Fresno Pacific University

  43. 43.Gardner-Webb University

  44. 44.George Mason University

  45. 45.Georgetown University

  46. 46.Goshen College

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

  48. 48.Howard University

  49. 49.Howard Payne University

  50. 50.Illinois State University

  51. 51.Indiana University

  52. 52.Kent State University

  53. 53.Lamar University

  54. 54.Linfield College

  55. 55.Loyola University

  56. 56.Lubbock Christian University

  57. 57.MacMurray College (Jacksonville IL)

  58. 58.Madonna University

  59. 59.Mary Hardin Baylor University

  60. 60.Maryville College

  61. 61.McDaniel College

  62. 62.Messiah College

  63. 63.Miami University (Oxford OH)

  64. 64.Michigan State University

  65. 65.Montclair State University

  66. 66.Neumann University (Aston, PA)

  67. 67.New College of Florida

  68. 68.New Mexico Highlands University

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

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

  71. 71.North Greenville University (SC)

  72. 72.Northeastern University

  73. 73.Northern Arizona University

  74. 74.Northern Illinois University

  75. 75.Ohio State University

  76. 76.Ohio University

  77. 77.Oklahoma State University

  78. 78.Oregon State University

  79. 79.Pacific Lutheran University

  80. 80.Portland State University

  81. 81.Purdue University

  82. 82.Radford University (Radford, VA)

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

  84. 84.Sacramento Community College

  85. 85.San Antonio College

  86. 86.San Diego State University

  87. 87.Saint Francis University

  88. 88.Scripps College (Claremont, CA)

  89. 89.Southern Connecticut State University

  90. 90.Southern Illinois University-Carbondale

  91. 91.Southern Methodist University

  92. 92.Stanford University

  93. 93.SUNY Albany

  94. 94.SUNY Brockport

  95. 95.SUNY Buffalo

  96. 96.SUNY Empire State

  97. 97.SUNY Fredonia

  98. 98.SUNY Geneseo

  99. 99.SUNY Oneonta

  100. 100.SUNY Oswego

  101. 101.SUNY Plattsburgh

  102. 102.SUNY Stony Brook

  103. 103.Stephen F. Austin University

  104. 104.Tennessee Temple University

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

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

  107. 107.Texas A & M University - Commerce

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

  109. 109.Texas State University

  110. 110.Texas Tech University

  111. 111.Texas Wesleyan University

  112. 112.Texas Woman's University

  113. 113.Truman State University

  114. 114.Tufts University

  115. 115.University of Akron

  116. 116.University of Alaska (Fairbanks)

  117. 117.University of Arizona

  118. 118.University of Arkansas (Little Rock)

  119. 119.University of Buffalo

  120. 120.University of Calif. at Berkeley

  121. 121.University of Calif. at San Diego

  122. 122.University of Calif. at Davis

  123. 123.University of California Los Angeles

  124. 124.University of Central Florida

  125. 125.University of Chicago

  126. 126.University of Cincinnati

  127. 127.University of Colorado-Boulder

  128. 128.University of Connecticut

  129. 129.University of Findlay (Ohio)

  130. 130.University of Florida

  131. 131.University of Georgia (Athens)

  132. 132.University of Hawaii (Manoa)

  133. 133.University of Iceland

  134. 134.University of Illinois-Chicago

  135. 135.University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

  136. 136.University of Iowa

  137. 137.University of Kansas

  138. 138.University of Louisville (KY)

  139. 139.University of Maryland

  140. 140.University of Massachusetts

  141. 141.University of Maine at Machias

  142. 142.University of Miami

  143. 143.University of Michigan

  144. 144.University of Minnesota

  145. 145.University of Missouri (all campuses)

  146. 146.University of Nevada-Reno

  147. 147.University of New Hampshire (Durham)

  148. 148.University of New Hampshire (Manchester)

  149. 149.University of New Mexico

  150. 150.University of North Carolina (Asheville)

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

  152. 152.University of North Carolina (Charlotte)

  153. 153.University of North Carolina (Greensboro)

  154. 154.University of North Carolina (Wilmington)

  155. 155.University of North Florida

  156. 156.University of North Texas (Denton)

  157. 157.University of Northern Colorado

  158. 158.University of Northern Iowa

  159. 159.University of Oregon

  160. 160.University of Pennsylvania

  161. 161.University of Pittsburgh

  162. 162.University of Rochester

  163. 163.University of San Francisco

  164. 164.University of South Florida

  165. 165.University of Southern Florida

  166. 166.University of Tennessee

  167. 167.University of Texas - Austin

  168. 168.University of Texas - Pan American

  169. 169.University of Texas-San Antonio

  170. 170.University of Tulsa

  171. 171.University of Utah

  172. 172.University of Vermont

  173. 173.University of Virginia

  174. 174.University of Washington

  175. 175.University of West Florida

  176. 176.University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire

  177. 177.University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

  178. 178.University of Wyoming

  179. 179.Utah State University

  180. 180.Utah Valley University

  181. 181.Vassar College

  182. 182.Virginia Tech

  183. 183.Washington State University

  184. 184.Weber State University

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

  186. 186.Western Oregon University

  187. 187.Western Washington University

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

  189. 189.William Woods University

  190. 190.Wright State University (Ohio)

  191. 191.Xavier University (Cincinnati)

  192. 192.Xavier University (Louisiana)

  193. 193.Yale University

List updated  April 9, 2018

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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