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Undergraduate

Major Requirements

The American Sign Language (ASL) major requires twelve classes: four core courses and eight 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.

Registering for Courses

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. Otherwise, they must obtain permission of the instructor.

Students must obtain a permission code from the ASL program advisor to register for ASL 106. ASL majors and minors will be permitted to register first.

Please note that some of the courses listed below require prerequisites.

Core Courses

  • ASL 105: Intermediate American Sign Language I
  • ASL 106: Intermediate American Sign Language II*
  • ASL 203: Advanced ASL
  • ASL 200: Structure of Signed Languages

*Students must obtain a permission code from the ASL program advisor to register for ASL 106. ASL majors and minors will be permitted to register first.

Advanced Elective Courses

Students are required to complete eight advanced elective courses with at least two courses in:

The remaining four can be taken from literature and culture, linguistics and psycholinguistics, or other ASL advanced electives listed below. Please note that no more than two of these courses can be conducted in spoken English.

See the courses page for course descriptions. Some courses may require prerequisites.

ASL Literature and Culture

  • ASL 201: Introduction to ASL Literature
  • ASL 202: History and Culture of the American Deaf Community
  • ASL 210: Narrative and Poetic Styles in ASL
  • ASL 205(W): Art of Translation: ASL and English
  • ASL 250: Sociolinguistics of the American Deaf Community

Linguistics and Psycholinguistics

  • ASL 208 (BCS/PSY 259/LIN 208): Language Development
  • ASL 260 (BCS/PSY 152/LIN 217): Language and Psycholinguistics
  • LIN 110 (ANT 110): Introduction to Linguistic Analysis

Advanced Electives

  • ASL 110: Comparative Study of French Sign Language
  • ASL 113: French Sign Language and Deaf Culture in France
  • ASL 204: Theory and Practice of Sign Language Interpreting
  • ASL 209: Teaching ASL as a Second Language
  • ASL 222: ASL Fine Art
  • ASL 280: Deaf-Related Careers
  • BCS 172 (PSY 172): Development of Mind and Brain
  • BCS 221 (NSC/PSY 221): Audition