Department of Linguistics

Minor in Deaf Studies

The Deaf Studies minor offers training in American Sign Language and knowledge of the American Deaf Community. These skills can enhance your undergraduate eductation and may be applied to various settings such as education, human services, social work, health care, counseling, and many others. The Deaf Studies minor will also provide specific ASL skills necessary to apply to graduate programs such as Deaf Education, ASL linguistics, rehabilitation counseling, and more.

Required Coursework

Note: Some of these courses have prerequisites -- see course list.

ASL 201 Intermediate American Sign Language I
ASL 202 Intermediate American Sign Language II 
ASL 401 Advanced American Sign Language I
ASL 402 Advanced American Sign Language II
LIN 203 Introduction to the Deaf World

One of the following courses: 
ASL 301 ASL Literature in ASL
ASL 302 ASL Linguistics in ASL
ASL 303 Deaf Art, Film, and Theater in ASL
LIN 105 Contrastive Analysis: ASL and English
LIN 310 Signs of Language in the Brain
LIN 315 Field Methods
LIN 395 Research Internship 

Total number of credits: 22


Note about General Education requirements for students majoring in Linguistics, ASL/English Interpreting

Students majoring in Linguistics, ASL/Interpreting Concentration, can meet the requirements for the Deaf Studies minor by taking ASL 201 and 202 and LIN 203.  (The other requirements overlap with the major.)  However, in order for the Deaf Studies minor to count toward the minor/thematic cluster requirement for General Education, the major and minor must have less overlap.  In this case, students should take one additional course from the above list that doesn't overlap with the courses that fulfill the requirements for their major.