Academics
Areas of Study

ASL-595

ASL-595 Special Topics

Special Topics

ASL-601

ASL-601 Communication in Gestures I

This course is taught in five 3 hour sessions which provide an introduction to communicating with gestures. Students learn to describe objects, ask for and...

ASL-602

ASL-602 Communication in Gestures II

This course is taught in five 3-hour sessions which build on the skills learned in ASL 601. Students learn to paraphrase, describe floor plans, and...

ASL-661

ASL-661 American Sign Language Curriculum

This course teaches curriculum planning and specialized adaptations in teaching ASL for various types of students. The course features reading and analysis of other ASL...

ASL-695

ASL-695 Special Topics

Grading System: letter grades only.

ASL-695 Special Topics
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Credit 1-3

ASL-699

ASL-699 Independent Study

Grading System: letter grades only. Individualized course of study focusing on particular problem not covered in regular courses.

ASL-709

ASL-709 Sign Language Media Production

Visual media has changed the way we communicate. With the advent of new tools and platforms, possibilities of publishing has proliferated, allowing a wider discourse...

ASL-724

ASL-724 Sign Language Linguistics for Sign Language Professionals

This course involves a comprehensive review of current sign language linguistics research with emphasis on how such sign language linguistic research shapes sign language education....

ASL-731

ASL-731 Visual-Gestural Communication

This course will develop capabilities in nonverbal/visual-gestural communication that will expand functional communication of graduate students in the various disciplines the are pursuing.

ASL-741

ASL-741 Methods of Sign Language Teaching

This course focuses on principled approaches to developing and implementing classroom methods and strategies for language teaching. It also investigates linguistic, psychological and attitudinal factors...

ASL-743

ASL-743 Curriculum Development for Sign Language Education

This course examines philosophical and historical roots of language teaching curricula through the lens of sign language teaching. Students will learn about the theoretical complexity...

ASL-745

ASL-745 Sign Language Teaching, Culture and History

Students in this course will analyze the integration of history and culture in sign language teaching curricula. Language is often taught with cultural and historical...

ASL-750

ASL-750 Assessing Sign Language Skills

This course examines factors involved in developing and administering an assessment of Sign Language students' linguistic proficiency and socio-cultural competence. Topics include the role and...

ASL-752

ASL-752 Sign Language Practicum

This course is a required professional field experience in the Sign Language Education program consisting a minimum of forty-five (45) observation and/or assisting hours. During...

ASL-760

ASL-760 Connecting Sign Language Research to Practice

This course covers an introduction to research and is designed to develop student ability to locate, review, and critically evaluate sign language-related research studies. In...

ASL-761

ASL-761 Seminar in Sign Language Education – Professional Preparation

This course is designed to prepare students for the academic, sign language teaching job market. Students will develop tailored job application documents such as cover...

ASL-762

ASL-762 Seminar in Sign Language Education – e-Portfolio

This course is devoted to developing a comprehensive electronic portfolio where students will integrate multiple academic projects and assignments completed during the program into a...

ASL-770

ASL-770 Sign Language Planning and Advocacy

This course covers language planning and policy in transnational and national sign language communities. A commonality among these communities is that the natural signed language...

ASL-777

ASL-777 Digital Pedagogy in the Sign Language Field

With the advent of non-traditional approaches to learning, including online and hybrid teaching, this course examines the role of electronic elements in enhancing pedagogical methods...

ASL-790

ASL-790 Sign Language Teaching Internship

This course is the final professional experience in the Sign Language Education program and is a required field experience consisting a minimum of forty-five (45)...

ASL-795

ASL-795 Special Topics

Grading System: letter grades only.

ASL-795 Special Topics
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Credit 1-3

ASL-799

ASL-799 Independent Study

Independent studies enable advanced study of a topic, of interest to the student and the faculty member, not covered in the curriculum. Independent studies should...

ASL-895

ASL-895 Special Topics

Grading System: letter grades only.

ASL-895 Special Topics
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Credit 1-3

ASL-899

ASL-899 Independent Study

Independent studies enable advanced study of a topic, of interest to the student and the faculty member, not covered in the curriculum. Independent studies should...

ASL-111

ASL-111 American Sign Language I and II

This accelerated course is designed for students with no or minimal American Sign Language (ASL) proficiency. In this introductory course, students will develop basic skills...

ASL-195

ASL-195 Special Topics

Special topics in the discipline, designed primarily for freshmen. Students may enroll in 195 Special Topics multiple times, as long as the topics differ.

ASL-195 Special Topics
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Credit 1-5

ASL-211

ASL-211 American Sign Language III and IV

This accelerated course is designed for students who have completed American Sign Language (ASL) 111 or who have demonstrated intermediate ASL skills as determined by...

ASL-212

ASL-212 Conversational American Sign Language I

This course builds on the cultural competence and language skills developed in lower level ASL courses with increased focus on developing comprehension and production skills...

ASL-213

ASL-213 Conversational American Sign Language II

This course applies knowledge of American Sign Language (ASL) grammar and vocabulary to the description of increasingly complex constructs, processes and situations. Students incorporate multiple...

ASL-214

ASL-214 Advanced American Sign Langauge

Advanced study of ASL grammar through ASL narratives and literature is covered. Further development and refinement skills including fluency of signing are expected. Accentuates aspects...

ASL-270

ASL-270 ASL and English: Comparative Analysis

This course covers areas of vocabulary, semantics, grammar and organization of ASL and English. Students look at the linguistic aspects of both languages and compare...

ASL-290

ASL-290 Visual Language Resource Development

Visual media has changed the way we work with American Sign Language. With the advent of new tools and platforms, possibilities of publishing have proliferated,...

ASL-295

ASL-295 Special Topics

Special topics in the discipline, designed primarily for sophomores. Students may enroll in 295 Special Topics multiple times, as long as the topics differ.

ASL-295 Special Topics
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Credit 1-5

ASL-304

ASL-304 ASL Data Analysis and Applications I

This course is designed to expose students to the variety of features in ASL by recognizing and considering the ways those features are demonstrated in...

ASL-305

ASL-305 ASL Data Analysis and Applications II

This course is designed to continue students' exposure to the variety of features in ASL by recognizing and considering the ways those features are demonstrated...

ASL-314

ASL-314 American Sign Language Literature: Narratives

This course provides an overview of various genres in American Sign Language Narratives ranging from visual vernacular to fictional narratives. Students will analyze contents, themes...

ASL-315

ASL-315 ASL Literature: Poetry

This course provides an overview of various genres in American Sign Language Poetics ranging from ABC Stories to Poetry. Students will analyze contents, themes and...

ASL-370

ASL-370 Foundations and Practices in ASL Analysis and Critique

This course introduces the concept of analysis and criticism of ASL texts. Students will learn how to provide feedback to other students who are doing...

ASL-380

ASL-380 ASL Elocution: Applications

This course covers elocution, in other words, registers of ASL discourse -- frozen, formal, consultative, casual and intimate. Students will be able to discuss using...

ASL-390

ASL-390 Discourse Features in ASL

This course demonstrates the use of space and eye gaze. It also demonstrates the use of role shifting to indicate speaker or locus of the...

ASL-395

ASL-395 Special Topics

Special topics in the discipline, designed primarily for juniors. Students may enroll in 395 Special Topics multiple times, as long as the topics differ.

ASL-395 Special Topics
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Credit 1-5

ASL-401

ASL-401 Language Attitudes and Ethics

This course will provide an overview of the role of attitudes and ethics in language, including an overview of differing ideologies' impact on the use...

ASL-402

ASL-402 Sign Language Rights and Advocacy

This course focuses on understanding the deaf community's longstanding campaigns for sign language rights from an advocacy perspective. Topics covered include the history and status...

ASL-403

ASL-403 Communication in Gestures

This course provides an introduction to communicating with gestures. Students learn to describe objects, ask for and give directions, discuss limited hypothetical issues, paraphrase, describe...

ASL-421

ASL-421 Introduction to ASL Instruction

This course introduces ASL majors to the field of ASL instruction. Areas covered will be methods, curriculum and training in the field. Discussion of ASLTA...

ASL-422

ASL-422 Application to ASL Instruction

This course introduces ASL majors to the application of ASL instruction. Areas covered will be applied to ASL teaching methods, ASL curriculum and ASL training...

ASL-480

ASL-480 Introduction to ASL Research

The course is designed to give students the opportunity to develop an integrated research approach to the study of ASL in preparation for ASL senior...

ASL-490

ASL-490 ASL Internship

This course is intended as a cumulative application of theories and methods learned in previous courses. Students will, with approval from internship supervisor and cooperating...

ASL-490 ASL Internship
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Credit 1-6

ASL-494

ASL-494 Senior Seminar

This capstone course is required for those students who complete the prerequisite courses, and it is to enable them to review their prior learning in...

ASL-495

ASL-495 Special Topics

Special topics in the discipline, designed primarily for seniors who are majors or minors. Students may enroll in 495 Special Topics multiple times, as long...

ASL-495 Special Topics
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Credit 1-5

ASL-499

ASL-499 Independent Study

A project in the area of the student's special interest as it relates to sign communication. Title indicating the content must be available at time...

ASL-595

ASL-595 Special Topics

Special Topics

ASL-100

ASL-100 Introduction to American Sign Language

This course is designed for students with little or no American Sign Language (ASL) proficiency. In this introductory course, students will develop basic skills in...

ASL-101

ASL-101 Intermediate American Sign Language

This course introduces students to different types of specialized discourses in American Sign Language. Emphasis is on comprehension, production and presentation skills. Students will be...

ASL-102

ASL-102 Advanced American Sign Language Skills

This course delves deeper into different types of specialized discourses reflecting different disciplines in American Sign Language. Emphasis is on polishing students’ ability to comprehend...

ASL-125

ASL-125 ASL Composition

This course introduces students to different types of specialized, academic discourses in American Sign Language. Students will be given opportunities to analyze and evaluate academic...

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