American Sign Language and Linguistics, BS

The American Sign Language (ASL) & Linguistics combined major is an intensive program of study dedicated to preparing students to interact in a positive and supportive manner with members of the American Deaf Community while simultaneously providing students with an understanding of the theoretical, cultural, and social components of all human language, including ASL, so that they can better understand how ASL is related to spoken languages and other signed languages.  This curriculum is designed to assist students in acquiring competence in American Sign Language; and in developing an understanding of the American Deaf Community and its culture, the acquisition and analysis of human languages (signed and spoken), and how human languages work in everyday use (e.g., comprehension, generation, translation).

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 Requirements

Language Requirement
AMSL 1101Elementary ASL 14
AMSL 1102Elementary ASL 24
AMSL 2101Intermediate ASL 14
AMSL 2102Intermediate ASL 24
AMSL 3101Advanced ASL 14
Social and Cultural World
DEAF 1500Deaf People in Society4
DEAF 2500Deaf History and Culture4
Interpreting
INTP 3500The Interpreting Profession2
INTP 3510Interpreting Inquiry Texts4

Linguistics Requirements

Core Linguistics Requirements
LING 1150Introduction to Language and Linguistics4
LING 2350Linguistic Analysis4
LING 3422Phonology4
LING 3424Morphology4
or LING 3452 Semantics
LING 3450Syntax4
Psychology of Language
PSYC 1101Foundations of Psychology4
PSYC 2320Statistics in Psychological Research4
PSYC 3464Psychology of Language4
Electives
Complete two courses from the following:8
Morphology
Bilingualism
Sociolinguistics
Semantics
History of English
Language and Gender
Topics in Linguistics
Seminar in Linguistics
Research Seminar in Linguistics
Junior/Senior Honors Project 1
Junior/Senior Honors Project 2
Directed Study Research
Language and the Brain
Laboratory in Psycholinguistics
Seminar in Psycholinguistics
Directed Study Research
Seminar Requirement
Complete one course (not counted elsewhere) from the following:4
Seminar in Linguistics
Research Seminar in Linguistics
Seminar in Psycholinguistics

Integrative Courses

DEAF 2700ASL Linguistics4
INTP 4940Interpreting Research Practicum4
LING 3412Language and Culture4

Combined-Major GPA Requirement

Minimum 2.750 GPA required in all ASL courses

Minimum 2.500 overall GPA required

Combined-Major Credit Requirement

Complete 92 semester hours in the major.

Program Requirements

128 total semester hours required

Sample, Four Years

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHours
AMSL 11014AMSL 11024
DEAF 15004LING 23504
LING 11504LING 34124
NUpath/Elective4NUpath/Elective4
 16 16
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHours
AMSL 21014AMSL 21024
DEAF 25004DEAF 27004
PSYC 11014PSYC 23204
NUpath/Elective4NUpath/Elective4
 16 16
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHours
AMSL 31014LING 34504
INTP 35002LING 3424 or 34524
INTP 35104PSYC 34644
LING 34224NUpath/Elective4
NUpath/Elective4 
 18 16
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHours
INTP 49404Linguistics Seminar 4
Linguistics Elective 4Linguistics Elective 4
NUpath/Elective4NUpath/Elective4
NUpath/Elective4NUpath/Elective4
 16 16
Total Hours: 130