Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)
Here are some of the questions we're asked the most. If you read through this list and still have questions, please don't hesitate to use the button on the bottom right of the screen to contact an ASL advisor.
- How fluent will I be in ASL after I finish the ASL minor?
Your final level of ASL fluency will depend on many factors including the
courses you choose to take and the grades you earn in each course. In
general, students who complete conversational skill courses through the
200-level are expected to achieve intermediate fluency, while those who
complete conversational skill courses through the 400-level are expected to
achieve advanced fluency.
- How long will it take me to complete the ASL minor?
Typically, students need at least 6 semesters to complete the ASL minor.
- Can I major in ASL at CMU?
No, only a minor in ASL is available.
- May ASL credits applied toward my CMU world/foreign language requirement?
No, not at this time, although students in the Honors Program should contact their advisor for more information.
- Do I have to be a CDO major to minor in ASL?
No. Students with any BS, BA or BAA major may sign an ASL minor.
- Will I be an ASL interpreter after completing the ASL minor?
No. The ASL minor is not a substitute for interpreter training, and interpreter training is not available at CMU. In addition, the State of Michigan requires that ASL interpreters complete a certification process (see the State of Michigan's Commission for Disability Concerns website for more information). Students interested in enrolling in an interpreter training program and becoming a certified ASL interpreter should contact Lansing Community College, Delta College, or other institutions that offer interpreter training.