Students minoring in ASL gain an intermediate mastery of the language’s vocabulary and grammatical usage, with the opportunity to develop an advanced understanding of its grammar, sociolinguistics, and variations. They also learn culturally appropriate behavior in the Deaf community and analyze topics such as Deaf culture, history, education, sociology, legal issues, art and literature from the Deaf culture worldview. An American Sign Language minor may be of particular interest to students in speech and hearing sciences, education, social work, and nursing.
Declaring a Minor in ASL
Students in good academic standing may declare the minor at any time by meeting with their major adviser. It is strongly recommended that students have taken or be enrolled in first year American Sign Language. Please see Undergraduate Advising’s Minor page for additional considerations about earning a minor.
- Second-year American Sign Language: ASL 201, 202, and 203 (15 credits)
- Culture and History (3 credits):
- Deaf Studies (ASL 305)
- Theory and Structure (8-10 credits):
- Survey of Linguistic Method and Theory (LING 400)* or Syntax I (LING 461)
- Linguistics of Signed Languages (LING 403)
- Elective Courses (minimum 7 credits):
- Additional courses in American Sign Language or related fields. See the list of approved electives for the American Sign Language minor.
- Total credits: 33-35