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  • 2013-14 ASL Student AssistantsASL Student assistant staff chatting in the ASL Program office.
  • Who Wants to be ASL Millionaire event Fall 2013Sr. Lecturer Norma Tourangeau explaining how to play the game.
  • Who Wants to be ASL Millionaire event Fall 2013Instructor Lisa Johnston asking “Are you sure?” for a student’s final answer.
  • Neilly Series lecture – September 25, 2013Sr. Lecturer Norma Tourangeau with renowned author and lecturer Harlan Lane after Harlan Lane presentation “Deaf Ethnicity: For and Against” supported by the Andrew H. and Janet Dayton Neilly Endowment and the River Campus Libraries. His most recent book is The People of the Eye: Deaf Ethnicity and Ancestry..
  • ASL LoungeStudents chatting in Sign Language in the ASL Lounge.
  • Eyeth Day 2014 LSF WorkshopSr. Lecturer Guillaume Chastel giving ASL 101 & 102 students an introduction to French Sign Language.
  • Eyeth Day 2014 Expressions BoothInstructors Pamela Nickels and Heather Miller giving a lesson on the use of expressions in Sign Language.
  • Eyeth Day 2014 Games TableStudents playing poker with a local Deaf professional volunteer.
  • Eyeth Day 2014 Technology ServicesASL students experiencing videophones.
  • ASL Club Sign & Dine Spring 2014Instructor Lisa Johnston presentation on her experience at Gallaudet University.
  • ASL 101 class Spring 2014Instructor Dmitry Kiselgof leading an ASL 101 class to prepare for their exam.
  • Meeting with StudentsSr. Lecturer Norma Tourangeau meeting with students in the ASL Program common area.
  • ASL 210 class Spring 2014Students working on ASL poetry project
  • 2014 ASL Program Diploma Ceremony Presentation
  • 2014 ASL Program Graduates
  • 2014 ASL Program Graduates and Faculty


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.

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University of Rochester

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

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