American Sign Language

Campus Life Services and the Office of Interprofessional Student Learning and Service Initiatives are excited to host an American Sign Language course in the SMC Campus Center.

The next round of courses will begin Fall 2020. The application will open August 2020. 


Course Details

  • There are sections Level 1 of ASL.
  • During Fall 2020, ASL will meet Mondays from September 14 - November 2, 2020
  • Courses will be held in the SMC Campus Center, Room 353 from noon to 1 p.m.
  • The courses will be taught by an instructor from the Hearing and Speech Agency (HASA) in Baltimore.
  • Students must commit to attending and participating in all classes.
  • This program has been supported through ISLSI, and the cost participants incur is to cover the price of the textbook. 
  • The out-of-pocket expense for a student who will participate in this program will be $85 (by check to the Hearing and Speech Agency).
  • Faculty and staff interested in participating are responsible for paying $85 (by check to the Hearing and Speech Agency).

Fall 2020 Course Schedule


September 14, 2020

September 21, 2020

September 28, 2020

October 5, 2020

October 12, 2020

October 19, 2020

October 26, 2020

November 2, 2020


Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible to apply to participate in the eight-week American Sign Language course?

You are eligible to apply if you are a current University of Maryland, Baltimore student, faculty, or staff member; however, faculty and staff do not recieve the discounted price.

Am I required to attend the information session in order to apply for the course?

No, you are not required. However, the Intro to ASL event will offer an overview of the eight-week course and you will gain a few more vocabulary words.

I applied for the ASL class. That means I'm automatically in the course, right?

No. The application process is very competitive for the American Sign Language course and we can only accept a very limited number of participants. There is a chance you will not be selected, so you are encouraged to seek out community ASL courses at the Hearing and Speech Agency

If I am selected for the ASL class, when is payment due?

The payment is due on the first day of class. If you do not have the payment ready, you will not be able to continue in the course. If you have further questions about payment, please contact us

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