Major & Minor
Requirements for the Minor in American Sign Language
The minor in ASL requires six classes: three basic/intermediate level language classes (ASL 101, 102 and 105), and three elective courses selected from the core and elective courses (see below). At least one of these must be an ASL elective with an ASL or JSL 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.
|ASL 101||Beginning ASL I||none||Fall or Spring|
|ASL 102||Beginning ASL II||ASL 101*||Fall or Spring|
|ASL 105||Intermediate ASL I||ASL 102*||Fall or Spring|
|Additional Core Courses to Choose From|
|ASL 106||Intermediate ASL II||
Grade of B or better
|Fall or Spring|
|ASL 203||Advanced ASL||ASL 106*||Fall|
|Sign Language Structure||ASL 106*/
Or permission of instructor
|ASL Literature and Culture|
|W||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|
|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|
|Language Development||BCS 110/111/172/
PSY 101/LIN 110
|Language and Psycholinguistics||BCS 110/111/112/
|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 280||Deaf-Related Careers||ASL 106||Fall|
|Development of Mind and Brain||none||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.
/ Slashes between course numbers mean ‘or’.
W indicates that the course satisfies the upper level writing requirement for ASL majors.