2021-2022 Academic Catalog

American Sign Language (ASL)

ASL-1100: American Sign Language I (4 hours)

Introduction to vocabulary and grammatical structure of American Sign Language, emphasizing both receptive and expressive skills. Includes an introduction to deaf culture, manual communication systems and finger spelling. Video language supplements are used. Designed for students with no previous experience in ASL. Field Trip: Required. Fee: Required.

ASL-1200: American Sign Language II (4 hours)

Continuation of development of ASL skills with emphasis on more advanced vocabulary and complex grammatical structures. Further study of classifiers, finger spelling and non-manual behaviors. Emphasis on both receptive and expressive skills through conversations and discussions. Increases understanding of cultural values and behavioral rules of the deaf community. Video language supplements are used. Prerequisite: C or higher in ASL-1100, demonstration of an equivalent proficiency in ASL or instructor consent.

ASL-2000: Introduction to Deaf Ministry (3 hours)

Overview of the needs, challenges and opportunities connected with the Church’s mission of bringing the gospel to the deaf. Emphasis on religious sign vocabulary and the translation of Bible stories into American Sign Language. Introduction to interpreting hymns, liturgies and contemporary religious music. Examination of both historical and contemporary models of deaf ministry. Field Trip: Required. Fee: Required. Prerequisite: C or higher in THY-1210, and ASL-1200, demonstration of an equivalent proficiency in ASL or permission of the instructor.

ASL-4950: Independent Study in ASL (1-6 hours)