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COLLEGE OF ARTS & SCIENCES
LINGUISTICS
AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE

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ASL 101 Elementary American Sign Language I (5) Forshay
Introduction to American Sign Language using conversational methods. Covers vocabulary, grammatical usage, and culturally appropriate behavior within the deaf community. First in a sequence of three. Offered: A.

ASL 102 Elementary American Sign Language II (5) Forshay
Focuses on building mastery of American Sign Language grammar skills, increasing vocabulary, and gaining a deeper knowledge and appreciation of deaf culture. Second in a sequence of three. Prerequisite: ASL 101. Offered: W.

ASL 103 Elementary American Sign Language III (5) Forshay
Focuses on grammatical features such as spatialization, directionality, and non-manual components. Intensive work in vocabulary development and continued study of deaf culture. Third in a series of three. Prerequisite: ASL 102. Offered: Sp.

ASL 134 Intensive First Year ASL (15) Bateh
Intensive introduction to American Sign Language using conversational methods and covering vocabulary, grammatical usage, and culturally appropriate behavior. Also focused on grammatical features such as spatialization, directionality, and non-manual components. Offered: S.

ASL 201 Intermediate American Sign Language I (5) VLPA Forshay
Covers vocabulary, grammatical usage, and culturally appropriate behavior within the deaf community. Emphasizes receptive/expressive skill development and fluency with attention to correct formation of signs, movement, rhythm, phrasing, and clarity. First in a series of three. Prerequisite: either ASL 103 or ASL 134. Offered: A.

ASL 202 Intermediate American Sign Language II (5) VLPA Forshay
Covers vocabulary, grammatical usage, and culturally appropriate behavior within the deaf community. Emphasizes receptive/expressive skill development and fluency with attention to correct formation of signs, movement, rhythm, phrasing, and clarity. Second in a series of three. Prerequisite: ASL 201. Offered: W.

ASL 203 Intermediate American Sign Language III (5) VLPA Forshay
Covers vocabulary, grammatical usage, and culturally appropriate behavior within the deaf community. Emphasizes receptive/expressive skill development and fluency with attention to correct formation of signs, movement, rhythm, phrasing, and clarity. Third in a series of three. Prerequisite: ASL 202. Offered: Sp.

ASL 234 Intensive Intermediate American Sign Language (15) VLPA Forshay
Intensive second year American Sign Language using conversational methods and covering vocabulary, grammatical usage, and culturally appropriate behavior. Also focuses on grammatical features such as spatialization, directionality, and non-manual components. Prerequisite: ASL 103. Offered: S.

ASL 305 Deaf Studies (3) I&S Forshay
Introduces the language, culture, and community of Deaf people. Covers topics in Deaf history, education, sociology, language, legal issues, art and literature, organizations and services for the Deaf, technological devices, and the nature of Deafhood. Analyzes issues such as methods of Deaf education, biomedical ethics, and the social movements in Deaf community.

ASL 306 Deaf History (3) I&S
Covers all major events impacting Deaf people, in Europe and America. Topics include: development of sign language, deaf education, politics of deafness, audism, eugenics, hearing technology, leadership in deaf community, deaf revolution movements, international deaf history, and key biographies. Experience with American Sign Language not required.

ASL 495 Literature and Poetry (3) VLPA
Emphasizes the historical background, story content, analysis of grammatical features, and discourse analysis to include a variety of sign registers and styles. Challenges and redefines the concept of literature with the visual-gestural nature of sign language using films and videos including: the Veditz's 1913 motion films collections; American Sign Language poetry works by Valli and Lentz; folktales; and humor. Prerequisite: ASL 202.

ASL 499 Independent Study or Research (1-3, max. 3)
Advanced study or research of a topic related to American Sign Language guided by a faculty member. Prerequisite: ASL 203; ASL 305.