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  • ASL 101 & 102 students at the Eyeth Day event Spring 2016.
  • UR students in Paris Summer 2016
  • UR students at the Eiffel tower Summer 2016.
  • 2016 ASL program Graduates
  • ASL instructor with ASL 101 & 102 students at the Eyeth Day event Spring 2016.
  • Students in French Sign Language (LSF) class

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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