American Sign Language (ASL)

ASL-101 GEM5 course AASID course WCHE course Elementary American Sign Language I
5 Credits

Lecture: 5 hours per week

Offering: Fall Only, All Years

This course is an introduction to American Sign Language. It creates a visual-gestural environment that introduces ASL grammar and vocabulary without presenting English equivalents. This course includes interactive activities, cultural awareness education, and individual feedback. Emphasis is on appropriate language use in common communication settings. ASL-101 will prepare students for ASL-102.

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ASL-102 GEM5 course AASID course WCHE course Elementary American Sign Language II
5 Credits

Lecture: 5 hours per week

Offering: Spring Only, All Years

This course is designed for students continuing from ASL-101. It creates a visual-gestural environment that introduces ASL grammar and vocabulary without presenting English equivalents. This course includes interactive activities, cultural awareness education, and individual feedback. Emphasis is on appropriate language use in common communication settings. ASL-102 will prepare students for intermediate ASL classes at other colleges/universities to satisfy cultural diversity and/or foreign language requirements (depending on the institution).

Prerequisites: ASL-101

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ASL-126 Introduction to ASL Studies
3 Credits

Lecture: 3 hours per week

Offering: Fall Only, All Years

This course is an introduction to, and overview of, different possibilities for students who pursue a degree with emphasis on ASL Studies. Included is an explanation of the ASL Studies program at NIC and requirements, transfer options, and career paths related to the degree.

Recommended Prerequisites: ASL-184 and ENGL-101

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ASL-184 Open Door ASL I
2 Credits

Lecture: 2 hours per week

Offering: Spring Only, All Years

This course is an 8-week, 2-credit class intended to be taken before ASL-185. This course focuses on the needs of those who are, or will be, working in the community in occupations where a basic knowledge of American Sign Language (ASL) and Deaf culture is needed. This course is ideal for non-degree seeking students and non-ASL Studies majors. The course is not designed as an alternative to the traditional ASL-101, 102, 201, 202 sequence, but will focus on the special vocabulary, basic grammatical structures, and cultural insights needed to effectively serve the ASL using community. Special emphasis is placed on sign proficiency as it related to various real-world applications. This one-semester course does not satisfy the prerequisite for ASL-102. It will be taught primarily in English.

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ASL-185 Open Door ASL II
2 Credits

Lecture: 2 hours per week

Offering: Spring Only, All Years

This course is a continuation of ASL-184. ASL-185 will continue to focus on the special vocabulary, basic grammatical structures, and cultural insights needed to effectively serve the ASL using community. Special emphasis is placed on sign proficiency as it related to various real-world applications.

Prerequisites: ASL-184

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ASL-201 Intermediate American Sign Language I
4 Credits

Lecture: 4 hours per week

Offering: Fall Only, All Years

This course is designed for students continuing from ASL-102. It continues the learning process in visual-gestural environment and enforces linguistic/grammatical principles in the use of the target language. The English Glossing and Transcription systems will be introduced to help accelerate vocabulary acquisition. This course includes interactive activities, cultural awareness education, and individual feedback. Emphasis is on appropriate language use in common and uncommon communication settings.

Prerequisites: ASL-102

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ASL-202 Intermediate American Sign Language II
4 Credits

Lecture: 4 hours per week

Offering: Spring Only, All Years

This course is a continuation of ASL-201.

Prerequisites: ASL-201

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ASL-207 Deaf Culture and Community
3 Credits

Lecture: 3 hours per week

Offering: Fall Only, All Years

This course examines the works of prominent people and events that support the history and evolution of Deaf culture. Comparisons are drawn from broader, parallel, fundamental studies on language and culture. Materials emphasize current issues relating to language study and minority group dynamics. This course will also address dynamics within family groups and/or educational institutions, cross-cultural issues, culturally appropriate behavior in the Deaf community, and the structure and development of the Deaf community.

Prerequisites: ASL-101 or ASL-184

Recommended Prerequisites: ENGL-101

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ASL-210 Linguistics of ASL
3 Credits

Lecture: 3 hours per week

Offering: Spring Only, All Years

This course is designed to examine the linguistic properties of ASL, including phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, and how signed languages differ and are similar to spoken languages. Students will be introduced to the linguistic and culturally based communication issues that impact the process between Deaf and hearing persons.

Prerequisites: ASL-102

Recommended Prerequisites: ENGL-101

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ASL-225 Introduction to Signing Professions
3 Credits

Lecture: 3 hours per week

Offering: Spring Only, All Years

This course introduces students to signing professions and discusses employment options, sign systems, and ethical considerations for signers and professionals. Emphasis is also placed on the specific history, philosophy, terminology, and principles related to the interpreting field.

Prerequisites: ASL-101

Recommended Prerequisites: ENGL-101 or an appropriate score on a placement test.

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ASL-260 Creative Sign Language
3 Credits

Lecture: 3 hours per week

Offering: Spring Only, All Years

This course is performance based and introduces sign language students to enhanced forms of signing beyond conversation. Features of ASL are integrated with common forms of literature performed in the community. Subjects include pantomime, storytelling, poetry, and songs of Deaf and hearing artists.

Prerequisites: ASL-201

Recommended Prerequisites: ENGL-101 and ASL-207

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