American Sign Language, Minor

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 minor in ASL, 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 sociocultural knowledge necessary to work in positive and supportive ways with Deaf people.

Complete all courses listed below unless otherwise indicated. Also complete any corequisite labs, recitations, clinicals, or tools courses where specified.

Required Courses

CLTR 1120Introduction to Languages, Literature, and Culture4
DEAF 1500Deaf People in Society4

 Required Language Courses

Students with prior skills in American Sign Language are allowed to waive up to four AMSL courses:
AMSL 1101Elementary ASL 14
AMSL 1102Elementary ASL 24
AMSL 2101Intermediate ASL 14
AMSL 2102Intermediate ASL 24


Complete one of the following:4
Advanced ASL 1
Advanced ASL 2
Directed Study
Deaf History and Culture
ASL Linguistics

GPA Requirement

2.000 GPA required in the minor