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Minor and Clusters

The American Sign Language (ASL) minor requires six classes, two intermediate- level language classes, and four electives.

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.

Students in this minor learn about the rich heritage of Deaf people and their language, and will learn how 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.

Minor Requirements

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. Some courses may require additional prerequisites. See the courses page for complete course information.

Core Courses

Both of the following courses are required:

  • ASL 105: Intermediate ASL I
  • ASL 106: Intermediate ASL II*

*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.

Elective Courses

Choose four of the following courses, with at least two courses having an ASL course number:

  • ASL 203W: Advanced ASL
  • ASL 200 (LIN 230/BCS 264): Sign Language Structure
  • ASL 201: Introduction to ASL Literature
  • ASL 202: History and Culture of the American Deaf Community
  • ASL 205W: Art of Translation: ASL and English
  • ASL 250: Sociolinguistics of the American Deaf Community
  • 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
  • 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


We offer three clusters, two in the humanities academic division and one in the social sciences academic division. For more information about clusters, see the Center for Advising Services website.

Humanities Clusters

Basic Proficiency in American Sign Language (H1ASL001)
Students in this cluster take beginning-level and intermediate-level courses in American Sign Language (ASL), the sign language used by the Deaf community of the United States and parts of Canada. By completing this cluster, students will have basic proficiency in expressing themselves in ASL as well as comprehending basic conversational ASL.

Advanced Proficiency in American Sign Language (H1ASL002)
For students with prior proficiency in American Sign Language, this cluster offers intermediate and advanced sign courses as well as advanced courses on the structure, literature, and translation of the language. Students must be approved for entry into ASL 105: Intermediate American Sign Language by the ASL program director.

Social Sciences Cluster

Deaf Culture Studies (S1ASL001)
In this cluster, students explore the literature, history, and culture of the American Deaf community. All courses are taught in ASL and require intermediate-level proficiency in ASL before entering. Students who have taken ASL outside of the University must be approved for entry into their first 200-level ASL course.