​– Fully Online Curriculum — in Four Sessions — Offers More Than 640 Courses, Including Introduction to American Sign Language –

QUEENS, NY, June 25, 2020 – Enrollment for Queens College Summer Session is at its highest point in the last decade, with over a 30% increase since 2019 and a 45% increase over the last three years. There are 3,414 more class registrations this year than in 2019. The college made the transition from classroom learning to all-online instruction during the spring semester in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and is continuing fully online course availability throughout the summer. Annually, there are four summer sessions; two sessions are still available, and registration is open through June 27. Courses benefit college students earning degree credits, as well as adult learners pursuing their interests or working toward professional credentials from home.

“Students are eager to study from the safety and convenience of their homes under the current public health situation. We, in turn, are offering an exceptionally wide range of quality, affordable courses to help them advance towards graduation,” says Interim President William A. Tramontano.

Introduction to American Sign language (ASL) is one of several new courses being offered during summer for the first time. QC is one of the few colleges in the metropolitan area to make this course available. Click here for more Summer Session course offerings and information.

“As one of America’s most linguistically diverse colleges, we wanted the Deaf community to be represented,” says Professor Kate Menken, QC director of Linguistics and TESOL Programs. “ASL is its own language with its own grammar, which is very different from English,” adds Michael Newman, professor of Linguistics, who had the idea to add the introductory course at Queens College this spring. Students from many liberal arts and sciences majors have enrolled in the course, which applies towards the college’s language option. No prior experience with ASL is needed.

The summer class is being taught by adjunct lecturer Robert Flaucher, who notes that some coursework will be live during scheduled class meetings taking place online, and this will be combined with work that can be accessed at any time without “real time” interaction.

During the spring semester, Flaucher used videos and e-books to ensure that students learned the basics of others who use that language. “Social media and pop culture including TV, videos, and even Broadway theater have spurred greater interest in the Deaf community,” he says. That may explain the growing popularity of learning American Sign Language—the first Summer Session course is already filled. The Summer Session II course (LCD 1913) is open for enrollment and will be held remotely from June 29 through July 22.

Between June 1 and August 6, there are four summer sessions at Queens College. Students may earn a total of 15 credits over all four sessions, if they so choose; summer courses also count toward the 30 credits required of students receiving Excelsior Scholarships. Summer Session students will have virtual library privileges as well as live technical support from the college. Registration for the summer program is open at, and applications for visiting students are available as well. Students have until June 27 to enroll in summer courses, but demand has been high, making now the best time to register.

About Queens College
Queens College produces more education graduates who become principals, teachers, and counselors for the city’s public schools than any other college in the metropolitan area. The college contributes to the local talent pool as a powerful economic engine and a leader in tech education. Students from across the country and around the world are attracted to study at the Aaron Copland School of Music. Its renowned faculty and alumni include nationally recognized composers, conductors, and performers who have received over 100 Grammy Awards and nominations.

Queens College enjoys a national reputation for its liberal arts and sciences and pre-professional programs. With its graduate and undergraduate degrees, honors programs, and research and internship opportunities, the college helps its more than 20,000 students realize their potential in countless ways, assisted by an accessible, award-winning faculty. Located on a beautiful, 80-acre campus in Flushing, the college has been cited for 28 consecutive years in the Princeton Review as a “Best Value” college, as well as being ranked a U.S. News and World Report Best College and Forbes Magazine Best Value College thanks to its outstanding academics, generous financial aid packages, and relatively low costs. Visit our homepage to learn more​.​

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Maria Matteo
Associate Director, Media and College Relations