American Sign Language, Deaf Studies, and Interpreting Courses

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ASL Courses

ASLN 1101

Elementary American Sign Language I, Level 1.  Fall Semester. 

No Prerequisite. 4 Credits.

The first level of American Sign Language is an introduction to the study of ASL and Deaf culture.  We stress an emphasis on receptive and expressive skills through student-teacher interaction.


ASLN 1102

Elementary American Sign Language II, Level 2.  Spring Semester. 

Prerequisite: ASLN 1101. 4 Credits.

The second level of ASL continues where 1101 leaves off.  The course further develops ASL receptive and expressive skills and has a core focus on ASL grammar and structure.


ASLN 1103

Intermediate American Sign Language I, Level 3.  Fall Semester. 

Prerequisite: ASLN 1102. 4 Credits.

The third level of ASL  is a more advanced course in the study of American Sign Language.  This class continues with an interactive approach; developing sign, improving expressive and receptive skills, while gaining more awareness of the Deaf community.


ASLN 1104

Intermediate American Sign Language II, Level 4.  Spring Semester. 

Prerequisite: ASLN 1103.  4 Credits.

The fourth ASL course is a more intensive approach to the study of ASL skills, grammar and structure.  The primary goal with this course is for students to achieve a level of competency in ASL.


ASLN 3305

Advanced American Sign Language I, Level 5. 

Prerequisite:  ASLN 1104.  3 Credits.

The fifth ASL course is an intensive approach to solidifying ASL skills, grammar and structure.  The primary goal in this course is for students to achieve a level of fluency in ASL.


ASLN 3306W

Advanced American Sign Language II, Level 6. 

Prerequisite:  ASLN 3305.  3 Credits.

The final study of ASL offers students an opportunity to refine and develop greater fluency and communicative competencies in ASL.


Note: ASLN 1101-1104 are also offered during the summer session and follows a special accelerated schedule of 3 weeks per course! For students who missed or were not able to register for ASLN 1101 for the Fall semester, ASLN 1101 is also offered during our winter session.

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Deaf Studies and Related Course 

LING 2850

Introduction to Sociolinguistics of the Deaf Community.

Sociolinguistics, demographics of the Deaf community; study of Deaf subgroups with different sociological, linguistic and cultural backgrounds; sociolinguistic integration of community members with the larger population in their cultural/ethnic community. Knowledge of American Sign Language not required.

ASLN 3254 / WGSS 3254

Women and Gender in the Deaf World. 

Prerequisite: One of WGSS 1104, 1105, or 1124; or consent of the instructor. 

Recommended preparation: Any 2000-level WSGS course.

The roles of women inside and outside the Deaf world. How language and cultural barriers perpetuate the roles defined for and by d/Deaf women within Deaf and hearing societies.

ASLN 3266

Methods of Teaching American Sign Language. 

Prerequisite: ASLN 1104

Methods and practices of teaching American Sign Language to students who are Deaf or hard of hearing in K-12 education.


ASLN 3297

Experiential Learning

Prerequisite:  Students must consult with the Experiential Learning Supervisor and complete an Instructional Assistant application.  Up to 3 Credits.

Course Description:  This course is for students who wish to extend their knowledge and experience in American Sign Language and Deaf studies as tutors and as Instructional Assistants in related courses.

ASLN 3297 Experiential Learning syllabus

IA Application


ASLN 3298

Variable Topics


ASLN 3360

Deaf Art and Artists

Varying perspectives and a comparative critical analysis between Deaf artists and non-Deaf artists.  Topics and themes will address diversity, oppression, Deaf cultural norms and how this plays an important role in how Deaf artists express their work.  A historical perspective including the De’VIA movement is also discussed.


ASLN 3650

Deaf Writers and American Sign Language Literature. 

Prerequisite: ASLN 1103.

Discussion of Deaf, hard of hearing, and hearing scholars in the examination of original ASL poetry. Critical examination of comparative literature in the Deaf Community and linguistic themes from different perceptions and analyses.


Structure of American Sign Language.

This course investigates linguistic analyses of ASL, through both lecture and hands-on activities. Discussion of linguistic structure at all levels (phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, discourse) is included. Students are not required to have previous coursework in linguistics.

LING 3850

Cultural and Linguistic Variation in the Deaf Community. 

Prerequisite: LING 2850

Language and cultural models used in the Deaf community. Critical examination of demographic subgroups of the Deaf community and their linguistic background.



Interpreting Courses 

ASLN 2500

Introduction to Professional Interpreting.

This course offers a historical analysis of the interpreting profession as well as the roles and functions of interpreters, work environments, ethics, and current research into the field of sign language interpreting.


ASLN 2600

Process of Interpreting ASL and English.

Prerequisite: ASLN 1102.

This course is an introduction to the interpreting and translation process including text analysis and current research in the field of interpreting.


ASLN 2700

Interpreting in Educational and Other Settings.

Prerequisite: ASLN 1102.

The study of interpreting American Sign Language and English within a variety of settings, with a primary focus on educational interpreting.

ASLN 2800

Consecutive Interpreting.

Prerequisite: ASLN 1102.

Development of consecutive interpreting skills with an emphasis on text and situational analyses, current issues, and a focus on community, medical, and video-relay interpreting.