Students earning a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Liberal Arts degree at the University of Massachusetts Lowell (UML) are required to demonstrate intermediate level proficiency in a foreign language. The College of Fine Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences (FAHSS) accepts intermediate level proficiency in American Sign Language (ASL) as an option for meeting the language requirement. For further details please visit Language Requirement for FAHSS.
The following four ASL courses from Northern Essex Community College (NECC) will be accepted as fulfillment of the language requirement:
Course Format and Schedule
ASL courses are offered in a hybrid format, with approximately half the meetings conducted face-to-face in the classroom and half conducted online.
UML has no control over NECC course schedules. In order to complete the sequence on time, you must begin at least four semesters (Fall/Spring) prior to the academic year in which you expect to graduate. As with other language courses, these ASL courses are sequential, and thus will generally require a minimum of three or four academic semesters to complete. For information regarding the scheduled offering of these Northern Essex Community College (NECC) courses, visit NECC website.
NECC offers additional courses in ASL and related areas for those who intend to work with the deaf community or as an interpreter. Psychology majors are encouraged to consider DST101 (Introduction to Deaf Studies; UML equivalent WLAN.1990) as a supplemental course. This course is offered in Fall semesters in a virtual format. In general, UML requires its students to follow the four-course sequence outlined above for completion of the FAHSS language requirement.
World Language vs. World Ready
Students declaring ASL for their language requirement must follow the World Language Option. There is no World Ready option for ASL.
Credits/Residency for Students Completing ASL Courses as a NECCUM Student
NECC ASL courses are listed as 3-5 credits however only 3 credits per course completed will transfer in, consistent with UML language courses.
To have courses from other schools transferred to UMass Lowell you need to earn a grade of ‘C-‘or higher in the courses but be aware of the NECC requirement that ASL111 and 112 may only be taken if you earned a grade of ‘C’ or better in both ASL 101 and 102.
Undergraduate Day School Students Only
Undergraduate full time matriculated “day” school students may take ASL courses through the NECCUM program for only. Students must have an established minimum GPA of 2.000 and be registered for at least 12 UML credits in order to be eligible to participate in the NECCUM program. Courses taken through the NECCUM program are considered part of your UML course load, and therefore do not carry any additional fees.
Graduate and Professional Studies (GPS) Undergraduate Students Only