Program at a glance

How much does it cost? 

Learn more about how to afford a degree from the University of Nevada, Reno.

How long does it take?

This minor is designed to be completed with any major in four years.

How do I apply?

Open to all undergraduate students. Learn how to apply to the University of Nevada, Reno.

What will I learn in an American Sign Language minor?

The American Sign Language minor provides you with a command of the language, as well as an understanding of the Deaf Community as both a disability group and a linguistic minority. You will see how Deaf Culture is sustained through time and across geography via the sharing of language and unique life experiences. You will learn about Deaf History, the struggle for civil rights and the importance of the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) for creating access to information and services for Deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals.

In addition, you have the opportunity to study the deep structure of ASL embedded in the physical manifestations of the language on our hands, as well as in our faces and bodies. Engage with the local Deaf Community, expanding access to information, services, and cultural events as part of the ASL Service-Learning Course. You'll meet and sign with Deaf individuals both on and off campus and explore the creative uses of sign though Deaf poetry and film.

Learn more about world languages and literatures

The World Languages and Literatures Department in the College of Liberal Arts offers courses and programs in a range of languages from around the globe and provides a number of opportunities  for students, including guest speakers, language clubs, and contests and scholarships.

Careers with a minor in American Sign Language

You can afford the University of Nevada, Reno

76% of students receive financial aid

Almost everyone is eligible to receive some kind of aid. We offer need-based and merit-based forms of financial aid to help you afford college.

54% of all students graduate with no debt

That's right. More than half of our students leave the University of Nevada, Reno with no student debt.

Life's a journey. Honors makes it meaningful.

At the University of Nevada, Reno Honors College, our students maximize their unique gifts and passions through a series of personalized experiences that deepen their capacity for transformative societal impact.

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