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.

Fall 2022 Course Offerings

ASL I (UMass COMM-DIS 110)

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

Credits: 3

Meeting times:

Monday-Wednesday 2:30-3:45PM

  • Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, Smith students - Register for COMM-DIS 110-01 (schedule #44686) through Five College interchange on your home campus
  • UMass students - Register for COMM-DIS 110-02 (schedule #44692) through SPIRE

Monday-Wednesday 4:00-5:15PM

  • Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, Smith students - Register for COMM-DIS 110-03 (schedule #44693) through Five College interchange on your home campus
  • UMass students - Register for COMM-DIS 110-04 (schedule #44694) through SPIRE

ASL III (UMass COMM-DIS 290B)

In fall 2022, one section of ASL III 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 190B (ASL II) or the equivalent

Credits: 3

Meeting times: 

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

  • Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, Smith students - Register for COMM-DIS 290B-01 (schedule #44695) through Five College interchange on your home campus
  • UMass students - Register for COMM-DIS 290B-02 (schedule #44696) through SPIRE

Advanced ASL A (UMass FORLANGC 197SF)

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

Credits: 1.5

Meeting times: Friday 2:30-3:45PM

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

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