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Requirements for the Major in American Sign Language

The major in ASL requires completion of twelve classes: six core courses and six electives. Strong ASL language skills are required for students declaring a major 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 major in ASL.

Core Courses

ASL 101 and 102 (Beginning American Sign Language I and II), which provide students with beginning competence in the language; ASL 105 and 106 (Intermediate American Sign Language I and II), which bring ASL majors to intermediate levels of proficiency; ASL 203 (Advanced ASL) in which students develop advanced language skills for discussion of abstract concepts and argumentation; and ASL 200 (Structure of Signed Languages), which introduces students to the basic linguistic structure of American Sign Language.

Advanced Elective Courses

ASL majors are required to complete six advanced elective courses: two courses in ASL Literature and Culture; two courses in Linguistics and Psycholinguistics, and two additional courses drawn either from the above groups or on other topics related to deafness and ASL. The courses are listed under Requirements for the Major and described under Courses.

  Course # Title Prerequisite Semester
SIX CORE COURSES
  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
  ASL 106 Intermediate ASL II ASL 105*
Grade of B or better
Fall or Spring
  ASL 203 Advanced ASL ASL 106* Fall
W ASL 200
(LIN 230/
BCS 264)
Sign Language Structure ASL 106*
Or permission of instructor
Spring
SIX ELECTIVE COURSES
Two elective courses in the area of 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
Two elective courses in the area of signed language linguistics and psycholinguistics.
  ASL 208
(BCS/PSY 259/
LIN 208)
Language Development BCS/Psych 152 or
LIN 110
Spring
  ASL 260
(BCS/PSY 152/
LIN 217)
Language and Psycholinguistics BCS 110/111/112/
or LIN 110
Fall
  LIN 110
(ANT 110)
Introduction to Linguistic Analysis none Fall/Spring
Two additional courses from the above, or from the following.
  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
  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.

/ Slashes between course numbers mean ‘or’.

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