The minor in American Sign Language (ASL) will enable students to acquire conversational skills in American Sign Language and to develop an appreciation and understanding of the way in which people in the Deaf community live, think, and communicate. The ASL minor is designed for students who wish to expand their language skills and cultural knowledge to enhance other majors such as linguistics, communication sciences and disorders (speech-language pathology and audiology), journalism, business, education, theater, social work, psychology, health sciences, or other areas of study. Students minoring in American Sign Language must complete at least 15 credit hours in the minor at CMU. Transfer credits are generally restricted to courses at the 100-level and must be approved via a consultation with the ASL program advisor.

Required Courses I (15 hours)

​An introduction to the audiological, social, linguistic, and cultural aspects of Deafness and the Deaf community. This course may be offered in an online format. (University Program Group IV-A: Studies in Discrimination). 

Credits 3(3-0) 

Contact Hours (3-0) 

Course Syllabus

​Basic receptive and expressive American Sign Language (ASL) vocabulary and grammatical structure; fingerspelling; and conversational behavior. Basic understanding of Deaf Culture and ASL linguistics. This course may be offered in an online format. 

Credits 3(3-0) 

Contact Hours (3-0) 

Course Syllabus

​Basic receptive and expressive ASL vocabulary, grammar, fingerspelling, and conversational behavior. Basic understanding of Deaf Culture and ASL linguistics. A continuation of ASL 101. Prerequisite: ASL 101. 

Credits 3(3-0) 

Contact Hours (3-0) 

Course Syllabus

Intermediate conversational American Sign Language. Beginning development of intermediate-level receptive and expressive skills. Continued consideration of Deaf Culture and ASL linguistics. Prerequisite: ASL 102. 

Credits 3(3-0) 

Contact Hours (3-0) 

Course Syllabus

​Further development of intermediate-level receptive and expressive ASL vocabulary, grammar, fingerspelling, and conversational behavior; Deaf Culture and ASL linguistics. Continuation of ASL 201. Prerequisite: ASL 201. 

Credits 3(3-0) 

Contact Hours (3-0) 

Course Syllabus

Required Courses II (3 hours) Select one of the following:

​Social and cultural aspects of persons who self-identify as members of the American Deaf community, including history, patterns of social interaction, folklore, and art. Prerequisites: ASL 100, 202. 

Credits 3(3-0) 

Contact Hours (3-0) 

Course Syllabus

​Cultural aspects of persons who identify as members of the American Deaf community, including history, social interaction, folklore, and art, via study abroad in France. Credit may not be earned in more than one of these courses: ASL 390, ASL 391. Prerequisites: ASL 100, 202. (University Program Group IV-B: Studies in Cultures Outside of the Anglo-American Tradition). 

Credits 3(3-0) 

Contact Hours (3-0) 

Course Syllabus

Electives (6 hours) Select six hours in consultation with an advisor.

​An introduction to the diversity of the DeafBlind community, including etiologies, accommodations for vision and hearing losses, communication strategies, supports, and social issues. Prerequisites: ASL 100, 202. 

Credits 3(3-0) 

Contact Hours (3-0) 

Course Syllabus

​Advanced conversational American Sign Language. Beginning development of advanced-level receptive and expressive skills. Continued consideration of Deaf Culture and ASL linguistics. Prerequisites: ASL 100, ASL 202. 

Credits 3(3-0) 

Contact Hours (3-0) 

Course Syllabus

​Advanced conversational American Sign Language. Continued development of advanced-level receptive and expressive skills. Continued consideration of Deaf Culture and ASL linguistics. Prerequisites: ASL 100, ASL 401. 

Credits 3(3-0) 

Contact Hours (3-0) 

Course Syllabus

​Reading/comprehending and producing fingerspelled words and numbers; emphasis on clarity, accuracy, incorporation into conversational ASL. Prerequisites: ASL 100, ASL 202. 

Credits 3(3-0) 

Contact Hours (3-0) 

Course Syllabus

​This course will examine the linguistics of American Sign Language. Topics will include the form, content and use of ASL; the relationship between ASL, spoken languages, and other signed languages; ASL acquisition; and historical change in ASL. Prerequisites: ASL 100, ASL 202. 

Credits 3(3-0) 

Contact Hours (3-0) 

Course Syllabus

​Student-initiated study of a topic related to the ASL minor guided by a faculty member or faculty committee. Prerequisites: ASL 100, ASL 202, permission of instructor. 

Credits 1-4(Spec) 

Contact Hours (Spec) 

Course Syllabus

An international cultural and language immersion experience. Students apply their ASL skills while learning about Jamaican mainstream and Deaf culture by providing ASL instructional support in a Jamaican residential school for Deaf and Hard of Hearing children. Prerequisites: ASL 202; ASL 100 or 390; or graduate status; permission of instructor. (University Program Group IV-B: Studies in Cultures Outside of the Anglo-American Tradition, Option 2); 

Credits 3(Spec)

 Contact Hours (Spec)

​Students apply their ASL skills and knowledge of Deaf culture by providing ASL instruction in a community educational enrichment program for elementary school children. Prerequisite: ASL 202; ASL 100 or 390; permission of instructor. 

Credits 3(Spec) 

Contact Hours (Spec) 

Course Syllabus

​Students apply their American Sign Language skills and knowledge of Deaf culture by working in community placements with Deaf children and/or adults. Prerequisites: ASL 202; ASL 100 or 390; and permission of instructor. 

Credits 3(1-3) 

Contact Hours (1-3) 

Course Syllabus

​Students apply their American Sign Language skills and knowledge of Deaf culture by assisting in the provision of ASL instruction in a university ASL course. Prerequisites: ASL 202; ASL 100 or 390; and permission of instructor. Recommendations: Letter of support from university ASL course instructor. 

Credits 3(Spec) 

Contact Hours (Spec) 

Course Syllabus

Study of a selected topic, specific application, or current issue related to but not covered by the ASL Minor curriculum. Prerequisites: ASL 100, ASL 202, permission of instructor. 

Credits 1-6(Spec) 

Contact Hours (Spec) 

Course Syllabus

Total: 24 semester hours