ASL Certificate

The University of Pittsburgh Department of Linguistics offers an undergraduate certificate in American Sign Language (ASL) Studies. This certificate program should lead students to: 

  • a high degree of proficiency in ASL
  • an understanding of the linguistic structure of ASL as a visual/gestural language
  • an understanding of important issues in Deaf culture and education

The certificate program could conveniently accompany several undergraduate majors including, but not limited to, linguistics, communication science, and various undergraduate disciplines that serve as the basis for graduate-level degrees and certificates in the University of Pittsburgh School of Education. The program draws on the academic strengths and resources of the Department of Linguistics in the faculty of Arts and Science and the Department of Instruction and learning in the School of Education.

  • Students who are interested in the ASL Studies Certificate can apply for entrance into that certificate program early each spring semester, before class registration for the following fall semester begins. Students are encouraged to apply while taking ASL 2. The application opens on the first day of spring semester classes and closes the last Friday in February. Please submit your application as soon as you are able. The earlier you submit your application IN FULL, the better your chances of admittance into the certificate program.

Currently, there is a limit of 40 students per academic year who can enroll in the ASL Certificate Program. For this reason, each applicant will be required to go through an evaluation process. Please contact our ASL Coordinator, Debra Hast, with questions (CL 2809,

Certificate Application (to complete online)

Please click on the link below to complete the online certificate application in its entirety. A printable list of reminders is also provided.