ASL Certificate Courses

The ASL Certificate provides a core curriculum in language study, supplemented by coursework in Deaf Culture, Linguistics, Structures, and courses in related areas. Students completing the ASL certificate must complete at least 2 semesters of language study prior to applying to the program. To declare an ASL certificate, students bust visit Student Records in 140 Thackeray Hall and submit an Academic Plan Change form, which can be downloaded at the Dietrich School for Arts and Sciences Website.

PREREQUISITES (8 credits)

  • ASL 0101 - American Sign Language 1 (grade of B or higher)
  • ASL 0102 - American Sign Language 2 (grade of B or higher)*
    • *Students may be currently enrolled in ASL 2 when applying for the ASL certificate

Please Note: In addition to these courses students must have a minimum 2.8 GPA and have a successful performance on skills and evaluations for consideration into the certificate program.

CERTIFICATE COURSES (18 credits)

Category 1: Further Langauge Instruction 

  • ASL 0103 - American Sign Language 3 (3 credits)
  • ASL 0104 - American Sign Language 4 (3 credits)

Category 2: Deaf Culture

Please Note: This is NOT the same as ASL 1625: Deaf in Society! ASL 1625 will not satisfy this requirement unless specifically pre-approved by the ASL Coordinator.

Category 3: Linguistics (one of the following)

  • LING 1000 - Introduction to Linguistics (3 credits)
  • CSD 1020 - Nature of Language (3 credits)

Please Note: LING 1000 / CSD 1020 is a prerequisite for the courses in Category 4 and Category 5.

Category 4: Structure (one of the following)
  • ASL 1705 - Structure of Sign Languages (3 credits)
  • ASL 1715 - Structure of ASL & English (3 credits)

Category 5: Electives (one of the following)

  • ASL 1725 - Sociolinguistics of Sign Languages (3 credits, offered alternate fall semesters)
  • ASL 1909 - Special Topics in Sign Language Studies (3 credits, offered alternate fall semesters)
  • ASL 1635 - Analysis of ASL Literature (3 credits, offered in the spring)
  • ASL 1800 - Introduction to Interpreting (3 credits, offered in the fall)