ASL 001American Sign Language I4 credits

This course is an introduction to American Sign Language and the Deaf Culture. The curriculum covers basic ASL skills both receptive and expressive, as well as basic conversation skills with emphasis on vocabulary building, fingerspelling, facial expressions, body language, use of personal space, mime and pragmatics use in signing. The texts cover from Units 1-6 and the Cumulative Review in the VISTA Signing Naturally textbook.

ASL 002American Sign Language II4 credits
ASL 002 is a continuation of ASL 001. The course, ASL 002 builds and expands upon the vocabulary, grammatical rules, and knowledge of ASL which were learned in ASL 001. While taking this course students will practice and focus on facial grammar and non-manual markers. Students will also participate in class exercises and activities to practice their conversational skills, which have more emphasis on vocabulary building and pragmatics. Students will also learn about Deaf Culture.
ASL 051American Sign Language III4 credits
This on-line course is a continuation of ASL 002, the third level of American Sign Language and the Deaf Culture. Units 14, 15 and 16 in the textbook will be used. Students will focus on increasing their vocabulary, conversational competence, and grammatical knowledge with a total immersion approach. Complex grammatical aspects including those unique to ASL will be practiced.
ASL 052American Sign Language IV4 credits
This course is continuation of ASL III (ASL 051) and will focus on the following units of the main textbook: 13, 17 and the Cumulative Review section. Students will be refining their competence in receptive and expressive abilities by learning new intermediate vocabulary, practicing intermediate sentence structures, and using classifiers. Deaf history will be explored.
ASL 101American Sign Language V3 credits
This course is designed to increase students' ASL proficiency. Emphasis on grammatical and linguistic aspects of ASL, including ASL morphology, ASL syntax, pronominalization, classifiers, agreement verbs, pluralization, time concepts, and sociolinguistic aspects of Deaf people. Knowledge and application of cultural norms continue to expand.
ASL 102American Sign Language VI3 credits
ASL VI is a continuation of ASL V. The class will continue to focus on grammatical and linguistic aspects of ASL. Students will learn the use of ASL discourses in formal settings. Students will explore the genres of interview, formal teaching/discussion, and ASL research.
ASL 120D2: Understanding Deaf Culture3 credits
This course is a multidisciplinary introduction to various aspects of the Deaf community as a linguistic and cultural minority group. Designed for individuals who may or may not have had prior experience with Deaf people, the course raises questions concerning the nature of sign language and its varieties, the education of Deaf people, the historical treatment of Deaf people, the sociological and cultural issues important to the Deaf community, the political activism, and the importance of language, values, traditions, and diversity in this group. Recent topics such as Audism and Deafhood will be discussed.
ASL 220ASL Literature3 credits
This course will introduce students to ASL literature by exploring a wide range of videos produced by Deaf artists. ASL literature covers classic and modern Deaf folklores, ASL storytelling/narratives, ASL poetry, Deaf humor, theatre, cinema, and other genres. Students will analyze each literary work on the basis of historical/cultural references, semantics, techniques, grammatical features, and styles.
ASL 280Advanced Seminar3 credits
This seminar serves as an interdisciplinary exploration of American Sign Language and Deaf culture. The course is designed to help students make connections among ideas, concepts, and theories across ASL and other disciplines. Students will apply their knowledge of ASL and Deaf culture to another discipline (their major) and vice versa to create new and meaningful knowledge that could make a significant contribution to both disciplines. The seminar is conducted in ASL.