In 1990, a group of faculty and graduate students who had an interest in American Sign Language formed a committee with the goal of establishing an ASL program. In seeking to have ASL satisfy the CLAS Core World Language requirement, the founding committee addressed three “concerns” about ASL—that ASL is not a true language but more of a code; that Deaf people have no culture; and that ASL has no literature. The proposal was approved in 1993, with funding for a 3-year Pilot Program to start in the Fall of 1994, housed in the College of Liberal Arts (not in a department) with just one class and one faculty member. That class was capped at 22 students, but 75 applied. Preference was given to Deaf and hard-of-hearing students, as well as those with Deaf and hard-of-hearing family members, or with an intention to work in a deaf-related profession. In every semester since, student demand has far outpaced available openings. In 1997, the three-year Pilot Program was made permanent and moved into the Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology. That year, the Program offered its first advanced class for students who had completed four semesters of language courses, and History of the American Deaf Community. The number of faculty continued to grow; in 2003, we created an Interdisciplinary Undergraduate Certificate in ASL and Deaf Studies, and in 2008, we established the ASL Minor. The Program currently has over a hundred minors.