​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​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

Below is a list of potential careers, median salary over the course of the career and projected job growth.

JobMedian PayJob Growth through ​2026​
Interpreter/translator$47,190 per year18% (12,100 more jobs)
Speech-language pathologist$76,610 per year18% (25,900 more jobs)
Social worker$47,980 per year16% (109,700 more jobs)

For More Information

Visit the American Sign Language website or contact:

CHP Student Service Center
Health Professions Building 1250
Email: chp@cmich.edu
Phone: (989) 774-2315