American Sign Language - Deaf Cultural Studies

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Faculty Minor Advisors

Sandra Bradley, American Sign Language (ASL) Minor Advisor
(585) 286-4551, Email

Patti Durr, Minor Advisor
(585) 475-6069 Email

Overview of Minor

The American Sign Language-Deaf Cultural Studies minor prepares you in the multi-disciplinary study of American Sign Language (ASL) and Deaf Cultural Studies (DCS). The minor is open to deaf and hearing students enrolled in bachelor's degree programs. Students enrolled in the ASL-English Interpretation program, however, must follow Option 2 as described below to satisfy the language requirement. This minor requires you to achieve a minimal level of competence in ASL (MLAS-202 or equivalent skills) and complete at least one course in DCS. The minor is very flexible, and allows you to satisfy requirements in a variety of ways. Specifically, you may pursue the minor with an emphasis in ASL by completing four language courses and one DCS course, or you may pursue the minor with an emphasis in DCS by completing one language course and four DCS courses. Alternatively, you may pursue the minor by completing any combination of courses satisfying the requirements stated below:

To complete the minor, you take 15 semester credit hours (ch) distributed over five courses as follows:

Prerequisite

Language course(s): One or two courses in American Sign Language are required, depending on your proficiency in ASL

Option 1: If you are not proficient in ASL you must complete the following two courses (or demonstrate equivalent skills) (8 ch)

  • MLAS-201 Beginning American Sign Language I
  • MLAS-202 Beginning American Sign Language II

Option 2: If you are proficient in ASL you must complete one of the following courses (3 ch). This includes students enrolled in the American Sign Language-English Interpretation program.

  • MLAS-351 Linguistics of American Sign Language, or
  • MLAS-352 American Sign Language Literature

Courses

Elective courses: three or four courses from the following lists are required (9 or 12 ch), depending on your proficiency in ASL. At least one course must be a DCS elective.

  • If you want to focus your studies on ASL you should choose two or three language courses and one DCS course
  • If you want to emphasize DCS you should choose three or four DCS courses depending on your proficiency in ASL
  • If you who prefer a balance of ASL and DCS courses you may freely distribute your electives across ASL and DCS in a manner consistent with your ASL proficiency and course prerequisites.
American Sign Language courses
MLAS-301 Intermediate American Sign Language I
MLAS-302 Intermediate American Sign Language II
MLAS-351 Linguistics Of American Sign Language
MLAS-352 American Sign Language Literature
MLAS-401 Advanced American Sign Language I
MLAS-402 Advanced American Sign Language II
Deaf Cultural Studies courses
ENGL-417 Deaf Literature
FNRT-440 Deaf Art & Cinema
HIST-230 American Deaf History
HIST-231 Deaf People in Global Perspective
HIST-330 Deaf People and Technology
HIST-333 Diversity in the Deaf Community
HIST-334 Oppression in the Lives of Deaf People
HIST-335 Women and the Deaf Community
SOCI-240 Deaf Culture in America

Immersion

Faculty Immersion Advisors

J. Matt Searls, Deaf Cultural Studies (DCS) Minor Advisor
(585) 286-4657, Email

Sandra Bradley, American Sign Language (ASL) Minor Advisor
(585) 286-4551, Email

Overview of Immersion

The American Sign Language-Deaf Cultural Studies immersion introduces you to the multi-disciplinary study of American Sign Language and Deaf Culture. The immersion is open to deaf and hearing students enrolled in bachelor's degree programs and can complement majors in fields such as business, imaging arts and sciences, health sciences, policy studies, professional and technical communication, psychology and numerous scientific and technical fields.

The immersion introduces you to the language, customs and cultural aspects (history, art, literature) of the deaf community. For example, if you are not fluent in ASL you can complete two language courses and one DCS course. Or if you are a student who is fluent in ASL, you can complete two cultural studies courses and one ASL course.

If you have little or no knowledge of ASL you should enroll in MLAS-201 Beginning ASL I. If you have some ASL proficiency you should contact the ASL immersion advisor to set up a placement interview to determine appropriate course placement. MLAS 201 and 202 Beginning ASL I and II are closed to native ASL signers, evening students and students in the ASL-English Interpretation program; however, these students can take the DCS courses. Students in the ASL-English Interpretation program should confer with their advisor concerning the program-specific restrictions on ASL and DCS courses applied towards the immersion.

Prerequisite

None

Courses

Choose one to three of the following courses:

Language Courses
MLAS-201 Beginning ASL I
MLAS-202 Beginning ASL II
MLAS-301 Intermediate ASL I
MLAS-302 Intermediate ASL II
MLAS-401 Advanced ASL I
MLAS-402 Advanced ASL II
Deaf Cultural Studies Courses
ENGL-417 Deaf Literature
FNRT-440 Deaf Art and Cinema
HIST-230 American Deaf History
HIST-231 Deaf People in Global Perspective
HIST-330 Deaf People and Technology
HIST-333 Diversity in the Deaf Community
HIST-334 Oppression in the Lives of Deaf People
HIST-335 Women and the Deaf Community
MLAS-351 Linguistics of American Sign Language
MLAS-352 American Sign Language Literature
SOCI-240 Deaf Culture in America