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American Sign Language (ASL)

Spoken by:

28 million people

Why Study ASL?

  • “There are literally millions of people in the United States alone that use sign language as their native language. The deaf community is very large, and is throughout the world.”
    – “5 Important Reasons for Learning ASL
  • “Anyone who knows American Sign Language has a way to communicate with all ASL signers in the world. According to Gallaudet University, ASL is the sixth most common language in the United States.”
    – “4 Scientific Reasons Everyone Should Learn ASL
  • “Social workers, counselors, psychologists and medical professionals are also finding it beneficial to learn sign language. In fact, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires that hospitals provide an appropriate means of communication to any patient…”
    – “Why You Should Learn Sign Language in the New Year

Full-time Faculty

ASL Programatic Offerings

Featured Students

Bilingual Broncos

Claire Oberg discusses the importance of American Sign Language.

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Tiana Gratiot on the benefits of ASL

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ASL Club

Boise State students of American Sign Language help other students improve their skills by hosting social events, special guests and performances, and encouraging the mingling of the Deaf culture and hearing culture.

Learn more about the ASL Club

News & Updates

Language instructors hone their online teaching skills anticipating a new kind of classroom
Bilingual Bronco: Tiana Gratiot
Bilingual Bronco: Claire Oberg
Congratulations to all the new Alpha Mu Gamma initiates and Department of World Languages Scholarship recipients!
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