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Minor in ASL

Required pre-minor courses 3 hours

CodeTitleCredits
GSR 103American Sign Language and Deaf Studies3

Required minor courses 15 hours

CodeTitleCredits
ASL 270ASL and English: Comparative Analysis3
ASL 303Depiction:Theory & Applications3
ASL 304ASL Data Analysis and Applications I3
ASL 305ASL Data Analysis and Applications II3
ASL 314ASL Literature: Narratives3

Elective minor courses 6 hours

Choose two courses:

CodeTitleCredits
ASL 214Advanced American Sign Language3
ASL 302Visual Language Resource Development3
ASL 380ASL Elocution: Applications3
DST 201Deaf Culture3
DST 311Dynamics of Oppression3
 

ASL 214 - Advanced American Sign Language (3)

Advanced study of ASL grammar through ASL narratives and literature is covered. Further development and refinement skills including fluency of signing are expected. Accentuates aspects of deaf culture and community through spontaneously generated conversations including strong emphasis on receptive and expressive skills. Semantic analysis of ASL is required. This course also includes assessment of students' sign production and comprehensive skills to prepare for language proficiency examinations. The assessment will include the following areas: grammatical accuracy, vocabulary development, fluency, production (accent), and comprehension.

  • Prerequisite: Grade of B or above in ASL 213 or Department approval.

ASL 270 - ASL and English: Comparative Analysis (3)

This course covers areas of vocabulary, semantics, grammar and organization of ASL and English. Students look at the linguistic aspects of both languages and compare the two. The class also covers word classes and sentence structure of both languages. To assist students in understanding the structure of both languages, discussion of how languages work is included.

  • Prerequisites: LIN 101, GSR 102 and GSR 103 or equivalent

ASL 302 - Visual Language Resource Development (3)

Visual media has changed the way we work with American Sign Language. With the advent of new tools and platforms, possibilities of publishing have proliferated, allowing a wider discourse of ideas to be shared with a vast audience of people who work with ASL and ASL learners. This course explores these opportunities through a hands-on approach and introduces students to the tools and skills necessary to produce digital video, websites, interactive presentations and social media and integrate those with the field of ASL.

  • Prerequisite: ASL 270 and permission of instructor or program coordinator

ASL 303 - Depiction:Theory & Applications (3)

This course introduces the history of classifier theory and the three levels of complexity of classifiers. This course will also focus on depiction theory, which is one of the most complex areas of ASL linguistics, to enhance students' understanding of ASL structure in general. Students will develop lesson plans and materials to teach ASL depiction, as well as evaluation materials.

  • Prerequisites: ASL 270 or permission of the instructor

ASL 304 - ASL Data Analysis and Applications I (3)

This course is designed to expose students to the variety of features in ASL by recognizing and considering the ways those features are demonstrated in naturalistic data. Students will compile a collection of data sets, which will allow them to investigate ASL features. Critical analysis of ASL features including ASL fingerspelling, sentence types, and non-manual aspects of the language reinforces students’ abilities in creating, utilizing, and analyzing ASL materials for the purpose of academic research, pedagogy, and resources.

  • Prerequisites: ASL 302

ASL 305 - ASL Data Analysis and Applications II (3)

This course is designed to continue students' exposure to the variety of features in ASL by recognizing and considering the ways those features are demonstrated in naturalistic data. Students will compile a collection of data sets, which will allow them to investigate ASL features. Critical analysis of ASL features including ASL depiction, discourse features, and ASL registers reinforces students' abilities in creating, utilizing, and analyzing ASL materials for the purpose of academic research, pedagogy, and resources.

  • Prerequisite: ASL 304 or permission of instructor

ASL 314 - ASL Literature: Narratives (3)

This course provides an overview of various genres in American Sign Language Narratives ranging from visual vernacular to fictional narratives. Students will analyze contents, themes and stylistic techniques of works done by various ASL literary artists. This course emphasizes practices in planning, developing, performing and critiquing various narrative genres.

  • Prerequisite: ASL 304

ASL 380 - ASL Elocution: Applications (3)

This course covers elocution, in other words, registers of ASL discourse -- frozen, formal, consultative, casual and intimate. Students will be able to discuss using ASL in the most common registers (formals, consultative and casual) in classrooms or at social events. They will also learn how to refine their skills in giving presentations using formal ASL.

  • Pre-requisites: ASL 270 or permission of instructor

DST 201 - Deaf Culture (3)

This course will begin with a macroscopic view of culture, and then will focus on the microscopic view of the Deaf experience. Multi-disciplinary approaches --- sociological, educational, linguistic, psychological and humanistic -- will be taken to study important persons, historical events and diversity within the global Deaf community.

  • Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in GSR 103

DST 311 - Dynamics of Oppression (3)

This course examines various forms of oppression by looking across different cultures and communities, then examines possible parallels occurring within the deaf community.

  • Prerequisite: DST 101 or GSR 103

GSR 103 - American Sign Language and Deaf Studies (3)

This course is offered as part of a Learning Cluster which integrates GSR 101 (First Year Seminar), GSR 102 (Critical Reading and Writing) and GSR 103 (American Sign Language and Deaf Studies). The purpose of the course is to prepare students to engage in critical, academic thinking through American Sign Language. Students will be introduced to historical, linguistic, literary and academic dimensions of American Sign Language. Students will learn the differences between formal and informal uses of language and gain experiences in critical analysis of American Sign Language texts. This course will also explore the theme of "Deaf Lives" and engage students in thinking about the complexities involved in identity construction and what it means to live Deaf lives today.

  • Prerequisite: Grade of B or better in ASL 211 or qualifying performance on the ASL Placement Test or Department approval.
 
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