1. What are the World Language requirements for admission to UW?
If completed in high school
Two credits are required. The two credits must be devoted to a single language, and applicants must progress through a second-year level course.
- The World Languages requirement will be considered satisfied for applicants who complete their education through the seventh grade in school(s):
- where English was not the language of instruction and
- in countries other than Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, the UK, and the U.S.
- International applicants who entered the U.S. education system prior to the 8th grade must satisfy the world languages requirement.
Any natural language that has been formally studied may be used to satisfy this requirement, including American Sign Language (ASL, the language of the deaf community), and languages no longer spoken, such as Latin and ancient Greek. However, neither computer "languages" nor forms of deaf signing aside from ASL are acceptable.
A world languages course taken in the eighth grade may satisfy one credit of the requirement if the second-year level course is completed in high school.
If made up through college coursework
For purposes of admission, each quarter of language in college is considered equivalent to one credit in high school. Applicants who have never studied a world language will need to complete ten quarter credits of a single world language. However, an applicant who studied French for one credit in high school needs to complete only the second quarter (e.g., FREN 102) or the second semester of a first-year language sequence. Of course, you may prefer to begin with 101 to refresh your memory.
2. What are the World Language requirements for graduation at UW?
The College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Social Work, and the College of Education require foreign language instruction beyond what is needed to be admitted to the University. If you are a native speaker of a language other than English, or if you had three years of a single foreign language in high school, you already meet this requirement. Otherwise, you must complete the third college quarter of a foreign language with a grade of at least 2.0, take a placement test that places you into the fourth college quarter of that language, or pass a language proficiency test.
Although a college may not require foreign language beyond the UW’s admission requirement of two high school years or two college quarters, its majors might. In most colleges you can count foreign language courses toward VLPA. Consult our page on General Education Requirements by College and School for more information.
If deafness, speech impairment, or a certified learning disability would interfere significantly with your study of a foreign language, you can petition to be allowed to substitute coursework about a foreign culture for language requirements.
If you plan to continue the foreign language you took in high school, we encourage you to complete your foreign language requirement right away, while what you’ve learned is still fresh in your mind. If you’re considering majors in colleges such as business or engineering, which don’t require any foreign language beyond the UW’s admission requirement, you may want to postpone language study—although in most colleges you can count foreign language courses toward VLPA if you complete the third-quarter course.
You should get started on your foreign language courses right away. Some last-quarter seniors don’t graduate on time because they fail to complete the third-quarter course with at least a 2.0 grade. And although the UW offers 10- and 15-credit intensive language instruction in Summer quarter, many students find these courses more difficult than regular language instruction.
3. What is UW Policy for college ASL credit transfer?
We will honor any college ASL credit transfer from any other colleges as long as the course name and content is comparable with ours. ASL 121, 122, and 123 will be recognized for UW ASL 101, 102, and 103 respectively. If the course name and number are different, you will be referred from the admission office to ASL program director for review.
If you haven't used or practiced ASL since you last took a course from other colleges, you will be recommended a placement evaluation or meet with the program director to discuss your competency before enrolling in a next level ASL class.
UW ASL program also honors SCCC HS ASL Consortium Credits. SCCC transcript with ASL course credits will be treated as any other college ASL course credit for transfer into UW.
4. Will ASL courses count as VLPA credit?
(Thanks Michael Scanlon for answering this question for us)
For students in the College of Arts and Science, first-year foreign language courses don't count automatically as VLPA. However, if a student has already taken a year of foreign language, then second-year coursework or courses in another language do count as VLPA.
This policy indicates that the University doesn't want a course to count both towards the foreign language Gen. Ed. requirement and towards VLPA. Any FL coursework beyond the FL Gen Ed requirements should count as VLPA, though.
5. What is ASL Program policy on late course enrollment?
Even though the UW policy allows students to register in the second or third week of course, instructor's permission is required. Our program policy differ for some courses below. See below for late enrollment deadline:
ASL 101-103 4 p.m. on the fifth school day.
ASL 134 (Summer intensive first year) 4 p.m. on the first school day.
ASL 201-203 4 p.m. on the fifth school day.
ASL 234 (Summer intensive second year) 4 p.m. on the first school day.
ASL 305 4 p.m. on the tenth school day (two weeks).
ASL 499 4 p.m. on the tenth school day (two weeks)..
6. Are there careers that will require me use ASL most of the times?
Yes, you can if you work in the field of "deafness". See link: http://www.gallaudet.edu/clerc_center/information_and_resources/info_to_go/transition_to_adulthood/working_and_careers/careers_in_deafness.html
There are other career fields where you may meet D/deaf people from time to time who needs services through you. Some knowledge of ASL and Deaf culture will be helpful to your work.
If you plan to work for the state, you can claim benefits for your abilities in other languages.
7. Does UW ASL Program offer an Interpreting Training Program? If not, where?
Check "Careers with ASL" view on left column.