American Sign Language and Deaf Cultures Minor

American Sign Language and Deaf Cultures Minor

Students will focus on acquisition of American Sign Language (ASL) and American Deaf culture in order to gain fluidity in the language and cultural competence in community interactions. Knowledge of ASL linguistics will prepare students for their study of other signed languages, and cultures around the globe.

The ASL and Deaf Cultures Minor at CSULB consists of 6 required courses (4 lower division and 2 upper division). It is a 20-21 unit minor.

LOWER DIVISION REQUIREMENTS

Take the following course:

  • ASLD 124 American Deaf Cultures (3 units)

Take 3 of the following courses:

  • ASLD 101 American Sign Language 1 (4 units) prerequisite/corequisite: one GE foundation course.
  • ASLD 102 American Sign Language 2 (4 units) prerequisite/corequisite: ASLD 101 or equivalent.
  • ASLD 201 American Sign Language 3 (4 units) prerequisite/corequisite: ASLD 101 and ASLD 102 or consent of instructor.
  • ASLD 202 American Sign Language 4 (4 units) prerequisite/corequisite: ASLD 201 or consent of instrucor.

UPPER DIVISION REQUIREMENTS

Take the following course:

  • ASLD 424 Deaf Cultures (3 units) prerequisite: ANTH/LING 170, ASLD 101 (formerly LING 151), and ASLD 124; or consent of instructor.

Take 1 of the following courses:

  • ASLD 305 American Sign Language 5 (4 units) prerequisite: ASLD 124 and ASLD 202; or consent of instructor.
  • ASLD 306 American Sign Language Linguistics (3 units) prerequisite: LING/ANTH 170 required. Background in ASL Recommended, but not required. 
  • LING 423 Semantics (3 units)
  • LING 470 Language and Gender (3 units)
  • LING 472 Language and Social Justice (3 units) prerequisite: 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.