American Sign Language
Holly Nelson
Holly Nelson
Director, American Sign Language Program

Fostering an understanding of Deaf people as a linguistic and cultural minority is one of the most important things we do.

Our program is designed to aid students in acquiring proficiency in American Sign Language by applying their linguistic and cultural skills and knowledge to an academic area of study. From this foundation, students are prepared to engage in any number of professional fields related to deafness, including certified sign language interpreting. 

ASL fulfills foreign language requirements at the University of Arizona.

Learn more about what we offer

ASL placement test

If you have taken an ASL course prior to attending the University of Arizona, it is recommended that you take a language placement assessment through an interview with an ASL faculty member. The assessment determines language proficiency and which course best fits your ASL skills. Please contact ASL Director Holly Nelson at hnelson@email.arizona.edu to schedule an interview.

We look forward to meeting you!

Faculty Spotlight

Associate Professor of Practice Cindy Volk recently received a $1.25 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education to support and prepare educational interpreters for deaf and hard-of-hearing K-12 students. The project director for the grant, Volk says, "The money will be used to prepare educational interpreters for deaf and hard-of-hearing K-12 students.” Learn more about how this funding will support students in the undergraduate program and alleviate the shortage of educational interpreters in this AZPM article.