Framingham State Launches 4-Year Program in American Sign Language (ASL)

Framingham State Launches 4-Year Program in American Sign Language (ASL)

Jun 30, 2017

Framingham State University is pleased to announce the launch of a 4-year bachelor’s degree program in American Sign Language (ASL), designed to meet the growing demand for ASL interpreters in the Commonwealth. Framingham State is the first public college in Massachusetts to offer a bachelor’s degree program in ASL.

“Proficiency in American Sign Language is a marketable skill no matter what career path you pursue,” says Professor Luce Aubry, coordinator of the ASL/English Interpreting program. “Any agency or business serving or employing deaf, hard of hearing or deafblind individuals, has a need for employees who are fluent in ASL.”

Interpreters work in a wide variety of settings, including hospitals, government agencies, elementary through college classrooms, courts, private companies, non-profit organizations and many more.

With the launch of this new program, students will be able to enroll at FSU as freshman with no prior experience in ASL. Student who do possess ASL skills prior to enrolling will be evaluated for a determination of placement in courses suited to their level. Students can also transfer into the program with an associate’s degree in Deaf Studies.

Students in the program learn American Sign Language by immersion. All language classes are ‘voice-off’ as students learn to communicate in this vibrant visual-gestural language. Faculty come from the deaf/hard of hearing/deafblind community and bring insight and life experience to their classroom instruction. Interpreting faculty are all nationally certified interpreters.

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About Framingham State University

Framingham State University was founded in 1839 as the nation’s first public university for the education of teachers. Since that time, it has evolved into a vibrant, comprehensive liberal arts institution offering small, personalized classes on a beautiful New England campus. Today, the University enrolls more than 6,000 students with 58 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in the arts, humanities, sciences, social sciences and professional fields. As a State College and University (SCU), Framingham State prides itself on quality academic programs, affordability, and commitment to access for all qualified students.