2020-21 Catalogs

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 a student's undergraduate education and may be applied to various settings such as education, human services, social work, health care, and counseling. The Deaf Studies minor also provides specific ASL skills necessary to apply to graduate programs such as Deaf Education, ASL linguistics, and rehabilitation counseling.

Minimum number of credits required for the minor: 22

Required Coursework

Note: Some of these courses have prerequisites; see course descriptions.

ASL 201 Intermediate American Sign Language I
ASL 202 Intermediate American Sign Language II
ASL 305 Practical American Sign Language I or ASL 401 Advanced American Sign Language I
ASL 306 Practical American Sign Language II or ASL 402 Advanced American Sign Language II
LIN 203 Introduction to the Deaf World

One of the following courses: 
ASL 415 ASL Literature in ASL
ASL 416 ASL Linguistics in ASL
ASL 417 Deaf Art, Film, and Theatre in ASL
LIN 105 Contrastive Analysis: ASL and English
LIN 310 Signs of Language in the Brain
LIN 395 Research Internship

Note: Students majoring in Linguistics with a Concentration in ASL Linguistics may complete the Deaf Studies minor, but requirements for the minor differ to avoid too much overlap with the major. In addition to the five courses listed under “Required Coursework” above, students need to take nine credits from among the following courses: ASL 415 or 417 (whichever one does not count toward the major), LIN 112, LIN 331, LIN 401, LIN 402, LIN 403, LIN 404.