Credits required
N/A Oregon State University is on a quarter-term system. There are four quarters each year and classes are 11 weeks long. *
Cost per credit
$350 Based on current tuition rates. No additional charge for nonresident students. Does not include course materials and associated fees and expenses.
Online Course sequences can include classes that are delivered online, as well as a blend of online coursework with one or a few required site-based classes.
Start terms
4 per year

American Sign Language – Online Courses

Why learn American Sign Language (ASL)?

Many people choose to learn American Sign Language in order to communicate with Deaf family and friends. But with over 11 million hearing-impaired individuals in the U.S. — and numbers only projected to rise — ASL is an important language to learn across our society. The current demand for American Sign Language interpreters is also high and continues to grow.

Formed independently of English, over 200 years ago, American Sign Language has a rich history. When you study ASL online with Oregon State University, you're learning a complex, visual language with its own unique grammar and syntax.  Working with professors and classmates, you’ll learn to convey information with the shape, movement and placement of your hands as well as through facial expressions and body movements.

Courses offered

Below is an example of the courses and term offered during the year. Refer to the OSU Ecampus Schedule of Classes for current schedule information.

First-year American Sign Language courses (4 credits each)

Course # Spring 2023 Summer 2023 Fall 2023 Winter 2024 Spring 2024
ASL 111        
ASL 112      
ASL 113      

Second-year American Sign Language courses (4 credits each)

Course # Spring 2023 Summer 2023 Fall 2023 Winter 2024 Spring 2024
ASL 211        
ASL 212        
ASL 213        

Note: The Ecampus schedule of classes includes available courses for the current term and up to three future terms. Class offerings are continually updated and may be added, removed, or rescheduled without notice. Check back frequently for current information.

Learn from a well-respected university

ASL courses are developed and taught by Oregon State faculty within the Department of World Languages and Cultures. All course material is delivered through multimedia instruction coupled with realistic learning objectives. Students will interact with their classmates through online discussion boards and interactive content to gain competency communicating with sign language. Online students receive the same curriculum and transcripts as our on-campus students.

Transferring your credits

As a student enrolled in Oregon State Ecampus online classes, you'll pay the same in-state tuition rate, no matter where you live. It is important to note that Oregon State University runs on a quarter system. If you are transferring credits be sure to confirm the transfer policy of your home institution. Learn more about transferring credits.

Placement testing 

Already have experience with ASL? You can bypass entry level courses by taking a placement test through Bridges Oregon National Sign Language Assessment. More information is available on the College of Liberal Arts website


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