American Sign Language

ASL is offered at all five of our campuses and through the Center for World Languages.

American Sign Language (ASL) is one of the fastest growing languages in U.S. higher education and is now the third most-commonly studied language behind French and Spanish. At Five Colleges, ASL is offered through a partnership between the Five College Center for World Languages, the UMass Amherst Department of Communication Disorders, and the four member colleges. Students who complete the introductory and intermediate course sequence at UMass then apply to continue their studies through the Center's ASL program.

Spring 2022 Course Offerings

ASL II (UMass COMM-DIS 190B)

In spring 2022, two sections of ASL II are being offered by the UMass Amherst Department of Communication Disorders. Half of the seats are reserved for Five College (non-UMass) students.

Prerequisite: COMM-DIS 110 (ASL I) or the equivalent

Credits: 3

Registration:

Monday-Wednesday 2:30-3:45PM

  • Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, Smith students - Register for COMM-DIS 190B-01 (schedule #27714) through Five College interchange on your home campus
  • UMass students - Register for COMM-DIS 190B-02 (schedule #27719) through SPIRE

Monday-Wednesday 4:00-5:15PM

  • Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, Smith students - Register for COMM-DIS 190B-03 (schedule #27720) through Five College interchange on your home campus
  • UMass students - Register for COMM-DIS 190B-04 (schedule #27721) through SPIRE

ASL IV (UMass COMM-DIS 290B)

In spring 2022, one section of ASL IV is being offered by the UMass Amherst Department of Communication Disorders. Half of the seats are reserved for Five College (non-UMass) students.

Prerequisite: COMM-DIS 290B190B (ASL IIIII) or the equivalent

Credits: 3

Registration:

Monday-Wednesday-Friday 1:25-2:15PM

  • Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, Smith students - Register for COMM-DIS 290C-01(schedule #27722) through Five College interchange on your home campus
  • UMass students - Register for COMM-DIS 290C-02 (schedule #27723) through SPIRE

Advanced ASL B (UMass FORLANGC 197SV)

Advanced ASL B, offered through the Five College Center for World Languages, introduces students to ASL literature, including ASL poetry. Students will meet for a weekly 75-minute small group session with the language mentor. Students will be expected to devote an additional one hour a day to homework and individual practice. Students will also be encouraged to study in small groups and find ways to use the language informally through other channels.

Prerequisite: Advanced ASL A (FORLANGC 197SF) ASL IV (COMM-DIS 290C), ASL High Intermediate B (FORLANGC 197SE), or the equivalent.

Credits: 1.5

Friday 2:30-3:45PM

Registration:

Email fmlp2@umass.edu for information on how to register.

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