​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Program Description

With a minor in American Sign Language you will acquire conversational skills in American Sign Language and develop an appreciation and understanding of the way in which people in the Deaf community live, think and communicate. The ASL minor is designed to expand your language skills and cultural knowledge to enhance majors such as linguistics, communication disorders (speech-language pathology and audiology), journalism, business, education, theater, social work, psychology, health sciences or other areas of study.


Points of Pride

CMU has offered a minor in ASL since 2005. The first CMU students to complete the ASL minor graduated in 2007. To date, more than 115 students have completed the program.

Put Your Degree to Work

By enhancing your major with the ASL minor, you will bring a unique skill set to many different careers. CMU students that choose this minor go on to work in fields such as education, social work, journalism and health sciences.​

​U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics sample data

JobMedian PayJob Growth through ​2022​
Interpreter/translator$45,430 per year46% (29,300 more jobs)
Speech-language pathologist$69,870 per year19% (26,000 more jobs)
Social worker$44,200 per year19% (114,100 more jobs)

For More Information

Visit the American Sign Language website or contact:

Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders
Health Professions Building 2159
Email: peter3la@cmich.edu
Phone: (989) 774-3471