ASL Minor Requirements
(B.A.; B.S.; B.A.A. degrees)
 

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 disorders (speech-language pathology and audiology), journalism, business, education, theater, social work, psychology, health sciences or other areas of study.

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Required Courses (18 hours)

ASL 100 (3): Intro to the Deaf Community and Deaf Culture 
An introduction to the audiological, social, linguistic, and cultural aspects of Deafness and the Deaf Community; basic communication in American Sign Language.
ASL 101 (3): American Sign Language, Level I 
Basic receptive and expressive American Sign Language (ASL) vocabulary and grammatical structure; fingerspelling; and conversational behavior. Basic understanding of Deaf Culture and ASL linguistics.
ASL 102 (3): American Sign Language Level II
Basic receptive and expressive ASL vocabulary, grammar, fingerspelling, and conversational behavior. Basic understanding of Deaf Culture and ASL linguistics. A continuation of ASL 101. Prerequisites: ASL 101, or permission of instructor.
ASL 201 (3): American Sign Language Level III
Intermediate conversational American Sign Language. Beginning development of intermediate-level receptive and expressive skills. Continued consideration of Deaf Culture and ASL linguistics. Prerequisites: ASL 102, or permission of instructor.
ASL 202 (3): American Sign Language Level IV
Further development of intermediate-level receptive and expressive ASL vocabulary, grammar, fingerspelling, and conversational behavior; Deaf culture and ASL linguistics. Continuation of ASL 201. Prerequisites: ASL 201, or permission of instructor.
ASL 390 (3): Sociocultural History of the American Deaf Community
Social and cultural aspects of persons who self-identify as members of the American Deaf community, including history, patterns of social interaction, folklore, history, and art. Prerequisites: ASL 100, ASL 202; or permission of instructor.

Electives (6 hours)

ASL 401 (3): American Sign Language Level V
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; or permission of instructor.
ASL 402 (3): American Sign Language Level VI
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; or permission of instructor.
ASL 404 (3): Advanced Fingerspelling & Numbers
Reading/comprehending and producing fingerspelled words and numbers; emphasis on clarity accuracy, incorporation into conversational ASL. Prerequisites: ASL 100, ASL 202 or permission of instructor.
ASL 510 (3): ASL Linguistics
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; or permission of instructor.
ASL 590 (1-4): Independent Study
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.
ASL 594 (3): ASL in Elementary Education
Students apply their ASL skills and knowledge of Deaf culture by providing ASL instruction in a community educational enrichment program for elementary school children. Prerequisites: ASL 202; ASL 100 or 390; permission of instructor.
ASL 595 (1-3): Community Placements with Deaf Children and Adults
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; permission of instructor.
ASL 599 (1-3): Special Topics
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.

Total: 24 semester hours

 

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