American Sign Language, BS

The American Sign Language (ASL) Program curriculum is an intensive program of study dedicated to preparing individuals to interact in a positive and supportive manner with members of the American Deaf Community. This Program is designed to assist students in acquiring competence in American Sign Language, developing an understanding of the American Deaf Community and its culture, and applying their linguistic and cultural skills and knowledge to a particular academic area of study.

The ASL Program offers a wide array of courses as well as volunteer, internship, and practicum opportunities. For students wishing to pursue a degree in ASL/English Interpretation, the Program is committed to providing opportunities that will allow them to acquire the linguistic, cognitive, and ethical decision-making skills as well as the socio-cultural knowledge necessary to serve as professional ASL/English interpreters. Students pursuing a combined major in Psychology, Theater, or Human Services integrate their foundation in ASL and the Deaf Community with these academic disciplines.

Complete all courses listed below unless otherwise indicated. Also complete any corequisite labs, recitations, clinicals, or tools courses where specified and complete any additional courses needed beyond specific college and major requirements to satisfy graduation credit requirements.

University-Wide Requirements

All undergraduate students are required to complete the University-Wide Requirements.

NUpath Requirements

All undergraduate students are required to complete the NUpath Requirements.

Experiential Liberal Arts

All undergraduate students in the College of Social Sciences and Humanities are required to complete the Experiential Liberal Arts Requirement.

American Sign Language Major Requirements

American Sign Language
AMSL 1101Elementary ASL 14
AMSL 1102Elementary ASL 24
AMSL 2101Intermediate ASL 14
AMSL 2102Intermediate ASL 24
AMSL 3101Advanced ASL 14
AMSL 3102Advanced ASL 24
Social and Cultural World
DEAF 1500Deaf People in Society4
DEAF 2500Deaf History and Culture4
LING 1150Introduction to Language and Linguistics4
DEAF 2700ASL Linguistics4
Performance Interpreting
INTP 3550Performance Interpreting—Interpreting for the Theatre4
INTP 3500The Interpreting Profession2
INTP 3510Interpreting Inquiry Texts4
INTP 3515Interpreting Narrative Texts4
INTP 4510Interpreting Expository Texts4
INTP 4515Interpreting Persuasive Texts4
Interpreting Practicum
INTP 4995Interpreting Practicum4
INTP 4650Ethical Decision Making4
INTP 4651Ethical Fieldwork2
Research Capstone
INTP 4940Interpreting Research Practicum4

American Sign Language Major GPA Requirement

Minimum 2.750 GPA required in all ASL courses
Minimum 2.500 overall GPA required

American Sign Language Credit Requirement

Complete 76 semester hours in the major.

Program Requirement

128 total semester hours required

Four Years, No Co-op

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
DEAF 15004AMSL 11024Vacation0Vacation0
AMSL 11014MATH 12154  
ENGW 11114Elective4  
INTP 10001Elective4  
 17 16 0 0
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
DEAF 25004AMSL 21024Vacation0Vacation0
AMSL 21014DEAF 27004  
LING 11504Elective4  
 16 16 0 0
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
INTP 35002INTP 35154Vacation0Vacation0
INTP 35104INTP 35504  
ENGW 33154AMSL 31024  
AMSL 31014Elective4  
 14 16 0 0
Year 4
INTP 46504INTP 45154  
INTP 45104INTP 49954  
INTP 46512Elective4  
INTP 49404Elective4  
 18 16  
Total Hours: 129