Catalog and Student Handbook
American Sign Language Course Descriptions
ASL 101-102: American Sign Language I-II (3 cr.) — Introduces the fundamentals of American Sign Language (ASL) used by the Deaf Community, including basic vocabulary, syntax, finger spelling, and grammatical non-manual signals. Focuses on communicative competence. Develops gestural skills as a foundation for ASL enhancement. Introduces cultural knowledge and increases understanding of the Deaf Community. Prerequisite for ASL 102: Completed ASL 101 or satisfactory score on appropriate proficiency examination. Lecture 3 hours per week.
ASL 125: History and Culture of the Deaf Community I (3 cr.) — Presents an overview of various aspects of Deaf Culture, including educational and legal issues. Lecture 3 hours per week. Prerequisite: Completed ASL 101.
ASL 195: Topics in (1-5 cr.) – Provides an opportunity to explore topical areas of interest to or needed by students. May be used also for special honors courses. May be repeated for credit.
ASL 201-202: American Sign Language III-IV (3 cr.) — Develops vocabulary, conversational competence, and grammatical knowledge with a total immersion approach. Introduces increasingly complex grammatical aspects including those unique to ASL. Discusses culture and literature. Contact with the Deaf Community is encouraged to enhance linguistic and cultural knowledge. Prerequisite for ASL 201: Completed ASL 102. Prerequisite for ASL 202: Completed ASL 201. Lecture 3 hours per week.