ASL 101 - 102 American Sign Language I - II (3- 4 credits/3- 4 credits)
Prerequisite for ASL 102: ASL 101 or division approvalIntroduces the fundamentals of American Sign Language (ASL) used by the Deaf Community, including basic vocabulary, syntax, fingerspelling, and grammatical non-manual signals. Focuses on communicative competence. Develops gestural skills as a foundation for ASL enhancement. Introduces cultural knowledge and increases understanding of the Deaf Community. Lecture 3-4 hours. Laboratory 0-2 hours. Total 3-5 hours per week. ASL 115 - Fingerspelling and Number Use in ASL (2 credits) Provides intensive practice in comprehension and production of fingerspelled words and numbers with emphasis on clarity and accuracy. Focuses on lexicalized fingerspelling and numerical incorporation as used by native users of American Sign Language. Prerequisite ASL 101 or permission of instructor. Lecture 2 hours per week. ASL 201 - 202 American Sign Language III - IV (3- 4 credits/3- 4 credits)
Prerequisite for ASL 201: ASL 102 or division approval
Prerequisite for ASL 202: ASL 201 or division approvalDevelops vocabulary, conversational competence, and grammatical knowledge with a total immersion approach. Introduces increasingly complex grammatical aspects including those unique to ASL. Discusses culture and literature. Contact with the Deaf Community is encouraged to enhance linguistic and cultural knowledge. Lecture 3-4 hours. Laboratory 0-2 hours. Total 3-5 hours per week. ASL 220 - Comparative Linguistics: ASL & English (3 credits) Describes spoken English and ASL (American Sign Language) on five levels: phonological, morphological, lexical, syntactic, and discourse. Compares and contrasts the two languages on all five levels using real-world examples. Documents similarities between signed languages and spoken languages in general. Describes the major linguistic components and processes of English and ASL. Introduces basic theories regarding ASL structure. Emphasizes ASL’s status as a natural language by comparing and contrasting similarities and unique differences between the two languages. Prerequisite: ASL 201. Lecture 3 hours per week.