American Sign Language is fast becoming the fourth most used language in the United States and a necessary skill for dealing with today’s world. American Sign Language (ASL) is a fully developed language, providing a unique modality—visual and gestural rather than the aural/oral or written skills required by most modern languages. The minor in ASL offers a strong complement to most majors, allowing students to broaden the range of their communicative options in the workplace and the world.
The minor degree program in American Sign Language (ASL) prepares students for secondary certification in schools offering ASL as a “foreign Language” credit in an EC-12 program. A degree option is available for elementary, secondary and special education teachers.
The minor in American Sign Language/Deaf Studies requires a total of 18 credit hours in American Sign Language beyond ASL 1020, including the following minimum distribution: