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Bachelor of Arts in American Sign Language Linguistics and Deaf Culture (120 units)

Program Description

This program is designed to teach students to be linguists who can work with signed and spoken languages and their cultures. Students will be introduced to a variety of signed and spoken languages, and their cultures, in the United States and across the globe. Students will focus on acquisition of American Sign Language (ASL) and graduate with a fluid ability to understand and use the language and be culturally competent. The program is designed to also increase students’ competence in English. As linguists, the students will be able to apply their knowledge to any world language, to begin research on these languages, and to have the competence in linguistic analysis to judge and assess the quality of existing research in their field.

Admission Requirements

* “C” or better

  • ASLD 101 American Sign Language 1 (4)
    Prerequisite/Corequisite: One GE Foundation course.
  • ASLD 102 American Sign Language 2 (4)
    Prerequisite: ASLD 101 or equivalent.

Requirements

Lower Division:

Take the following courses:

  • ASLD 101 American Sign Language 1 (4)
    Prerequisite/Corequisite: One GE Foundation course.
  • ASLD 102 American Sign Language 2 (4)
    Prerequisite: ASLD 101 or equivalent.
  • LING/ANTH 170 Introduction to Linguistics (3)
    Prerequisite/corequisite: Any GE Foundation course.
  • ASLD 124 American Deaf Cultures (3)
    Prerequisite: None
  • ASLD 201 American Sign Language 3 (4)
    Prerequisite: ASLD 101 and ASLD 102 or consent of instructor.
  • ASLD 202 American Sign Language 4 (4)
    Prerequisite: ASLD 201 or consent of instructor.

Upper Division:

Take the following courses:

  • LING 325 Modern English Grammar (3)
    Prerequisite: None
  • ASLD 305 American Sign Language 5 (4)
    Prerequisite: ASLD 124 and ASLD 202; or consent of instructor.
  • ASLD 306 American Sign Language Linguistics (3)
    Prerequisite: LING/ANTH 170 required. Background in ASL recommended, but not required.
  • ASLD 424 Global Deaf Culture and Languages (3)
    Prerequisite: ANTH/LING 170, ASLD 101 (formerly LING 151), and ASLD 124; or consent of instructor.
  • LING/ANTH 413 Language and Culture (3)
    Prerequisites: LING/ANTH 170 or consent of instructor.

One course out of the following:

  • LING 421 Syntax (3)
    Prerequisite: LING 325.
  • LING 423 Semantics (3)
    Prerequisite: None
  • LING 433 Survey of Discourse Analysis (3)
    Prerequisites: LING/ANTH 170.

Choose three courses out of the following:

  • LING 301 Introduction to Research Methods (3)
    Prerequisites: LING/ANTH 170 or consent of instructor.
  • LING 329 Language Acquisition (3)
    Prerequisite: None
  • LING 379 Sociolinguistics (3)
    Prerequisite: LING/ANTH 170.
  • LING 401 Corpus Linguistics
    Prerequisite: LING/ANTH 170 or consent of instructor.
  • LING 420 Phonology (3)
    Prerequisite: LING/ANTH 170 or consent of instructor.
  • LING 421 Syntax (3)
    Prerequisite: LING 325.
  • LING 423 Semantics (3)
    Prerequisite: None
  • LING 426 History of English (3)
    Prerequisite: None
  • LING 433 Survey of Discourse Analysis (3)
    Prerequisites: LING/ANTH 170.
  • LING 438 Psycholinguistics (3)
    Prerequisite: LING/ANTH 170 or consent of instructor.
  • LING 460 TESOL Composition (3)
    Prerequisites: LING 325 or consent of instructor.
  • LING 470/ANTH 475 Language and Gender in Cross-Cultural Perspective (3)
    Prerequisite: None
  • LING 472 Language and Social Justice (3)
    Prerequisites: Students must have scored 11 or higher on the GWAR Placement Examination or completed the necessary portfolio course that is a prerequisite for a GWAR Writing Intensive Capstone.

 


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