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Deaf Studies Minor

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College of Education and Human Service Professions
  • Program Type: Undergraduate free-standing minor
  • Requirements for this program are current for Spring 2018
  • Required credits in this minor: 16 to 22
Deaf studies minor offers American Sign Language (ASL) competency and cultural knowledge for individuals who need or wish to communicate with employees, co-workers, family members, and friends. ASL is present in every realm of modern life, as deaf, hard of hearing, and deaf-blind people seek education and equitable employment. The minor also meets the needs of students interested in pursuing further study in sign language interpreting or deaf education. While the deaf studies minor complements degrees in virtually any field of study, it is particularly advantageous to pair with majors in education, human services, liberal arts, theatre, and business.
Program Delivery
This program is available:
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Minor Requirements
Core Language Requirements (9-15 cr)
Students with previous language study may be exempt from some core requirements and should consult the department about placement.
ASL 2001 - Beginning American Sign Language I [LE CAT3, LECD CAT03, COMM & LAN] (3.0 cr)
ASL 2002 - Beginning American Sign Language II [LE CAT3, LECD CAT03, COMM & LAN] (3.0 cr)
ASL 3003 - Intermediate American Sign Language I [COMM & LAN] (3.0 cr)
ASL 3004 - Intermediate American Sign Language II [COMM & LAN] (3.0 cr)
ASL 4005 - Advanced American Sign Language [COMM & LAN] (3.0 cr)
Core Requirements (4 cr)
ASL 4110 - Deaf Culture (3.0 cr)
ASL 4298 - American Sign Language Skill Building Workshop (1.0 cr)
Electives (3 cr)
Take 3 or more credit(s) from the following:
· ASL 4100 - Linguistics of American Sign Language (3.0 cr)
· ASL 4105 - History of the American Deaf Community [CDIVERSITY] (3.0 cr)
· ASL 4295 - Special Topics: Various Titles to be assigned (1.0-3.0 cr)
 
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ASL 2001 - Beginning American Sign Language I (LE CAT3, LECD CAT03, COMM & LAN)
Credits: 3.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Introduction to basic vocabulary in American Sign Language and the fingerspelling alphabet. prereq: Credit will not be granted if already received for CSD 2001.
ASL 2002 - Beginning American Sign Language II (LE CAT3, LECD CAT03, COMM & LAN)
Credits: 3.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Expansion of vocabulary base in American Sign Language. In-depth study of principles of American Sign Language as used receptively and expressively in communication with deaf individuals. prereq: 2001 or instructor consent; credit will not be granted if already received for CSD 2002
ASL 3003 - Intermediate American Sign Language I (COMM & LAN)
Credits: 3.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Intermediate-level study of grammatical and linguistic features of ASL; focus on understanding deaf culture and fluency in expressive and receptive skills. prereq: 2002 or instructor consent; credit will not be granted if already received for CSD 5003
ASL 3004 - Intermediate American Sign Language II (COMM & LAN)
Credits: 3.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Continued intermediate-level study of grammatical and linguistic features of ASL; focus on understanding deaf culture and fluency in expressive and receptive skills. prereq: 3003 or instructor consent; credit will not be granted if already received for CSD 5004
ASL 4005 - Advanced American Sign Language (COMM & LAN)
Credits: 3.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Advanced level study of American Sign Language vocabulary and structure. Expressive and receptive skill development. Additional focus on use of ASL by the deaf community. prereq: 3004 or instructor consent; no grad credit; credit will not be granted if already received for CSD 4005
ASL 4110 - Deaf Culture
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Exploration of the history of the deaf community in the United States. Topics will include the deaf community as a cultural and linguistic group with cultural norms, values and traditions. Minority dynamics and cross-cultural interactions also will be covered. ASL will be the language of instruction. prereq: 3004 or instructor consent, no grad credit
ASL 4298 - American Sign Language Skill Building Workshop
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Instruction and intensive practice in various subjects related to American Sign Language. prereq: 2002 or instructor consent, no grad credit
ASL 4100 - Linguistics of American Sign Language
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Introductory study of the linguistics of ASL. Comparative study of the linguistic structure of ASL and English. Overview of language as a system within a cultural context. prereq: 3004 or instructor consent, no grad credit
ASL 4105 - History of the American Deaf Community (CDIVERSITY)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Historical roots of the American Deaf Community, including the establishment and growth of the Deaf Education system, the role of the residential schools in Deaf Culture, power and culture differentials, and systemic oppression. Interrelationship of American Sign Language and the deaf community. History, customs and practices of the American Deaf Community. Dynamics of minority cultural existence. Application of cultural theory to evaluation of the deaf life experience in the United States from 1800-present. prereq: no grad credit
ASL 4295 - Special Topics: Various Titles to be assigned
Credits: 1.0 -3.0 [max 8.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall, Spring & Summer
Special topics in American Sign Language to be assigned. pre-req: 2001