"I love American Sign Language at CMU. The language and culture of ASL are fascinating to me. Here at CMU, the classroom set-up is designed for learning. The instructors are helpful and the classes are very interactive so learning takes place in natural contexts. I know the skills I have gained will help me in my future both academically and professionally.  My future profession, Audiology, deals with Deaf individuals and sign language is a mode of communication that I can share with them."  Jacklyn Theis, CDO major, ASL minor

"When I took my first American Sign Language (ASL) class, I never thought I would pursue the minor. Once I began more advanced classes, I realized how incredibly insightful the courses were and how knowledgeable the professors were about all aspects of ASL and Deaf culture. Once I was an upperclassman ASL student, I was able to work at a St. Louis High School in their Deaf Education classroom where I had many other opportunities to meet and interact with the Deaf community. All of my experiences in the ASL program have given me the opportunity to intern at Gallaudet University in Washington D.C.  in their athletic department. Overall, the ASL program at CMU is a great place to learn, gain friends and have great experiences."  Matthew Brancaleone, Athletic Training major, ASL minor


"The American Sign Language program at CMU has not only taught me about the language and Deaf culture but has also provided me with the opportunity to interact with Deaf individuals in the community. The enthusiastic professors make classes enjoyable. I have never looked forward to a class as much as I look forward to my ASL classes. There are no other programs that would be a better fit for me."  Nicole Devon, CDO major, ASL minor


"The American Sign Language minor at Central has been one of the best experiences I have had in college.  All of the teachers have a unique quality that gives you more perspective into ASL with every class you take. I can truthfully say that having finished my ASL minor, I can bring what I learned in the classroom into the real world. I had a great experience this summer that justified everything I have been taught in this minor.  If you are the slightest bit interested in American Sign Language, I highly recommend it. I can tell you that you will not be disappointed."  Jennifer Hice, Class of May 2011, Elementary Education: Language Arts major, ASL and Planned Program minor


"I will admit that at first I was a little nervous or intimidated by the thought of studying ASL, but I am so glad that I gave it a shot. Classes were challenging, but fun, and with both hearing and Deaf professors, I received exposure to varying styles of ASL, which helped me to become a more rounded communicator. Also, with all of the opportunities to participate in Deaf cultural events, I gained a true understanding of the culture that surrounds the language. Now, I truly feel as if I've gained more than just a valuable skill; I've gained the ability to communicate with and understand a group of people that I never would have had the chance to before."  Genna Randazzo, CDO major, ASL and Psychology minor, Graduate Assistant in ASL at Indiana University


"One of my favorite aspects of the ASL minor is that students have the experience of hands-on learning both inside and outside the classroom. This past year I have had the amazing opportunities to work in a Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing preschool classroom in St. Louis, MI, and also teaching ASL to hearing children in a local elementary school. Both of these allowed me to blend my classroom learning with real-life experiences, leading to both academic and personal growth. My ASL professors have truly cared about my success and have helped me tremendously in my time here."  Carolyn Wilson, CDO major, ASL minor