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Requirements for the Minor in American Sign Language

This is effective for undeclared minors Fall 2014.

The minor in ASL requires six classes: two intermediate level language classes (ASL 105 and 106), and four elective courses selected from the core and elective courses (see below). At least one of these must be an ASL elective with an ASL course number.

Strong ASL language skills are required for students declaring a minor in ASL, and for the successful completion of the advanced ASL classes. Therefore, a student should have completed ASL 101 and ASL 102 prior to declaring a minor in ASL.

The purpose of this minor sequence is to provide students with basic knowledge of the rich heritage of deaf people and their language, and to enable students to think critically about what it means to be a member of the deaf community.  Advanced coursework is selected by the student with the ASL undergraduate advisor, in accordance with the student’s interests and career goals.

 Course #TitlePrerequisiteSemester
  ASL 105 Intermediate ASL I ASL 102* Fall or Spring
ASL 106** Intermediate ASL II ASL 105*
Grade of B or better
Fall or Spring
Additional Core Courses to Choose From
 W ASL 203 Advanced ASL ASL 106* Fall
ASL 200
(LIN 230/
BCS 264)
Sign Language Structure ASL 106*/
Or permission of instructor
ASL Literature and Culture
ASL 201 Introduction to ASL Literature ASL 106* Fall
  ASL 202 History and Culture of the American Deaf Community ASL 105* Fall
  ASL 210 Narrative and Poetic Styles in ASL ASL 201* Spring
 W ASL 205 Art of Translation: ASL and English ASL 106* Spring
  ASL 250 Sociolinguistics of the American Deaf Community ASL 106* Spring
Signed Language Linguistics and Psycholinguistics
  ASL 208
(BCS/PSY 259/
LIN 208)
Language Development BCS 110/111/172/
PSY 101/LIN 110
  ASL 260
(BCS/PSY 152/
LIN 217)
Language and Psycholinguistics BCS 110/111/112/
LIN 110
  LIN 110
(ANT 110)
Introduction to Linguistic Analysis none Fall/Spring
Additional Elective Courses
  ASL 110 Comparative Study of French Sign Language ASL 105 Spring
  ASL 113 French Sign Language and Deaf Culture in France ASL 105 Summer
  ASL 204 Theory & Practice of Sign Language Interpreting ASL 106 Fall
  ASL 209 Teaching ASL as a Second Language ASL 106 Spring
ASL 222 ASL Fine Art

ASL 201, 202 or permission of the instructor.

  ASL 280 Deaf-Related Careers ASL 106 Fall
  BCS 172
(PSY 172)
Development of Mind and Brain none Spring
  BCS 221
(NSC/PSY 221)
Audition BCS 110 Spring

*For the ASL 102-106 and the 200-level ASL courses, students must have taken a class in which all communication is in ASL in the immediately preceding semester or obtain permission of the instructor.

** NOTE: MUST obtain permission code from ASL Program advisor to register for ASL 106. ASL Majors and Minors will be permitted to register first.

/ Slashes between course numbers mean ‘or’.

W indicates that the course satisfies the upper level writing requirement for ASL majors.