Major & Minor
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.
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.
|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|
|Sign Language Structure||ASL 106*
Or permission of instructor
|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.|
|Language Development||BCS/Psych 152 or
|Language and Psycholinguistics||BCS 110/111/112/
or LIN 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|
|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.