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  • Pam Nickels celebrates as two students win the ASL millionaire game
  • Two ASL 105 students win the ASL millionaire game
  • The winners of Sign Idol 2015
  • Students in French Sign Language (LSF) class
  • A student studies in the ASL lounge
  • 2015 study abroad students
  • 2015 ASL program Graduates


ASL 101 will be taught as an online course this summer! Visit the Summer Sessions website for more information.

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ASL Overview

In 1998, the University of Rochester was the first major university to develop a Bachelor's degree program specifically in American Sign Language. While many ASL courses now exist in the United States, very few have the instructional depth found at the University of Rochester.

The University of Rochester's ASL Program is a modern language, literature and culture program, which also approaches the study of signed languages from a linguistic and scientific perspective. In Rochester, students have a unique opportunity to learn and use ASL. Students in the more advanced ASL courses have the opportunity to attend community events, theatrical performances and lectures in ASL in the community, and at educational institutions.

Multiple Brain Regions Wired for Language


Sign Language Study Shows Multiple Brain Regions Wired for Language—study finds there is no single advanced area of the brain that gives us language capabilities above those of other animal species.

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University of Rochester

About UR

The University of Rochester is one of the country's top-tier research universities. Our 158 buildings house more than 200 academic majors, more than 2,000 faculty and instructional staff, and some 10,500 students.

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Summer in Paris

Study French Sign Language (LSF) in Paris this summer!

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