Linguistics — American Sign Language (ASL) Linguistics Concentration

Program Type
Undergraduate Major
Bachelor of Art (BA)
Modes of Study
Blended;In person

Tuition & fees

Costs include tuition, fees, & other costs such as books. New England residents may qualify for a tuition break. See cost details

Financial aid

On average, 92% of enrolled students who file a FAFSA receive an offer. 91% of offers include scholarships, grants, waiver, and/or work-study. Explore aid

Program duration

Typical completion time: 4 years. Flexible options may save time. Explore options


SAT & ACT scores optional. Early action & year-round admissions. View application process & deadlines

Program highlights

  • Immerse yourself in the Deaf community through real-world experience and internships, where you’ll learn to appreciate the diversity of human language.
  • Prepare for a wide range of careers in ASL supporting the Deaf community, its culture, and rich history as a vibrant language in society.
  • Work closely with faculty and receive one-on-one individualized attention through community involvement and grant-funded research programs.
  • Gain academic credit for skills and knowledge you’ve already acquired through work, community service, or life experience.
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Hands-on community experience

Service learning and internship experiences are threaded throughout our curriculum. Collaborate with faculty on projects such as the annual Maine Deaf Film Festival, a state-wide program providing sighted guides to deaf/blind people.

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Specialized expertise

Our graduates are qualified for career paths beyond interpreting that provide a positive and supportive environment for the Deaf community. You’ll become competent in ASL while examining its role in how language works in everyday use.

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Program requirements

Our ASL Linguistics Concentration is designed to provide students with advanced, in-depth language knowledge of ASL, Deaf studies, and linguistics. At the core of the curriculum is an understanding of theoretical, cultural, and social implications of all human language, including ASL.

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Nationally distinguished faculty

Take advantage of the liberal arts college atmosphere and extensive interaction with nationally distinguished faculty members, many of whom actively engage students in their grant-funded research.

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Scholarship opportunities

Scholarships offer valuable financial aid that doesn’t need to be repaid. You’ll be automatically considered for Merit Scholarships when you apply for admission by the deadline. Additional opportunities are available.

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Do you live in New England?

You may be eligible for a reduced tuition rate, as part of the NEBHE Tuition Break Program.

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Considering transferring to USM?

We welcome students who are transferring from another four-year university or community college. Our knowledgeable Admissions Counselors will help you to navigate the admissions and credit-transfer process.

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