American Sign Language


American Sign Language has been offered during the academic year since fall 2019, after the Arts & Sciences faculty decided in 2018 to approve the language as fulfilling the A&S language requirement.

In addition to the courses we teach, we have a regularly scheduled ASL Conversation Hour, affiliated with the Language Resource Center and all in the Cornell community are welcome to join.

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Classes Offered

The following courses fulfill the Arts & Sciences language requirement:

  • ASL 1101, Introduction to American Sign Language I
  • ASL 1102, Introduction to American Sign Language II
  • ASL 2201, Intermediate American Sign Language I
  • ASL 2202, Intermediate American Sign Language II

The following courses are taught in ASL and have language prerequisites. For more information, view the ASL course details here.

  • ASL 2301, Modern Deaf Culture
  • ASL 2302, ASL Literature

For detailed course descriptions, please refer to the ASL section of the Linguistics Course Offerings list. See our departmental course roster here.


Brenda Schertz, Senior Lecturer

Nora Owen, Lecturer

Matilda Prestano, Teaching Associate

Placement and Transfer of Credits

Email Brenda Schertz with questions about placement or transfer of credits.