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Minor in American Sign Language Studies

Enrich your lifestyle, expand your potential.

Whether you’re preparing for a career in journalism, law, education, medicine, social work, business, biology or virtually any other field, a minor in American Sign Language (ASL) Studies will enrich your degree and your future.

Add culture to your life and your career, increase your marketability, polish up your communication skills, and grow significantly the number of patients, clients, audience members and individuals you will interact with every day.

An American Sign Language minor at William Woods University includes coursework in American Sign Language, Deaf culture and various electives like sociological perspective of Deaf education and ASL Literature.

Requirements/Curriculum

The Minor in American Sign Language Studies at William Woods University includes 18 course credits total — 15 required course credits and 3 required elective credits.

Courses you may take

ASL 101 - Career Seminar in ASL Studies - 3.00

This course is designed to introduce non-Deaf students to various professions with and in service to Deaf people. A survey of ASL/English interpreting profession will be conducted, as well as touching on various fields in the behavioral sciences, education, law etc. Additionally, community services for the Deaf will be covered in depth.

ASL 105 - American Sign Language I -D - 3.00

Introduces students to basic expressive and receptive skills in ASL, including conversation strategies, spatial referencing and facial expressions. Awareness of deaf culture also is included. Attendance in lab is required. Students must earn a ‘C’ or better for the course to meet the requirements as a prerequisite for subsequent language courses.

ASL 120 - Deaf Culture -D - 3.00

Compares, contrasts and analyzes deaf culture and American culture from a variety of perspectives. Examines cultural interactions between deaf and hearing people and provides opportunity for exploring potential cultural conflicts between deaf and hearing people.

ASL 145 - American Sign Language II - 3.00

Continues to develop basic expressive and receptive skills including classifiers, temporal sequencing, spatial agreement and object indentification through description. Study of deaf culture is continued. Attendance in lab is required. Students must earn a ‘C’ or better for the course to meet the requirements as a prerequisite for subsequent language courses. Prerequisite - ASL105

ASL 205 - American Sign Language III - 3.00

Focuses on expressive and receptive communication skills and culture. Functional language ability in survival and social situations is further developed. Attendance in Lab is required. Students must earn a ‘C’ or better for the course to meet the requirements as a prerequisite for subsequent language courses. Prerequisite - ASL145

ASL 245 - American Sign Language IV - 3.00

Expressive and receptive communication skills and culture. Functional language ability in survival and social situations is further developed. Attendance in lab is required. Students must earn a ‘C’ or better for the course to meet the requirements as a prerequisite for subsequent language courses. Prerequisite - ASL205

Curriculum

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