The American Sign Language Studies Program offers an array of courses to prepare students to work with the Deaf community. Students completing this program will have a deeper understanding of American Sign Language (ASL), Linguistics, Deaf History, Deaf Literature and Deaf Culture with an emphasis on the rich language and cultural diversity of the Deaf community as well as the social justice issues impacting their lives.
Several objectives will be covered during the program, such as Deaf culture, Deaf folklore, and Deaf literature, and the relationship between the signing community and the non-signing community. This program also covers linguistic components with several course offerings in ASL as well as specialized skill areas of ASL, such as a focus on grammatical structure and an overview of linguistic components.
Professions that find this program an enhancement to their work include (but are not limited to): interpreting, health care, criminal justice, education, exceptional education, psychology, social work and more. Many of the courses offered through this program also satisfy certain GER requirements for the general student population such as foreign language (ASL I-IV) and cultural diversity (Deaf Culture or Deaf History). All students start with ASL I however if a student has previous experience with the language, they may be placed into higher classes by taking the American Sign Language Proficiency Interview (ASLPI) and may be eligible for retroactive credits if they meet all requirements.
University General Education Requirements (GER)
Required courses for this program fulfill some of the University GERs. Consult Program Core for specific courses.
|GER Competency Requirements|
|Oral and Written Communication, Part A 1||0-3|
English Placement Test score at level 4 or higher, or pass English 102 (OWC-A approved) with a grade of C or better
|Oral and Written Communication, Part B||3|
Complete an OWC-B approved advanced course with a grade of C or better
|Quantitative Literacy, Part A 1||0-3|
Math Placement Test code 30 or higher, or pass Math 102, 103, 105, or 175 (QL-A approved) with a grade of C or better
|Quantitative Literacy, Part B||3|
Complete a QL-B approved advanced course with a grade of C or better
|Complete one of the following:|
2 consecutive semesters of college instruction in a single foreign language with passing grades
2 consecutive years of high school instruction in a single foreign language with passing grades
Demonstrate language proficiency on approved exam
|GER Distribution Requirements|
Select one approved GER-A designated course
Select two approved GER-HU designated courses
|Social Sciences 1||0-6|
Select two approved GER-SS designated courses
|Natural Sciences 2||6|
Select one approved GER-NS or GER-NS+ designated course
Select one approved GER-NS+ designated course, which includes a lab component
|Cultural Diversity 2||3|
Select one approved GER-CD designated course
Program-specific requirements (including those prior to program admission) fulfill, or partially fulfill, University GER requirements. See Program Core for specific courses.
Program requires additional credits. See an academic advisor for details.
|One of the following courses, fulfilled prior to program admission||3|
|Introduction to Interpersonal Communication (GER-SS)|
|Public Speaking (GER-HU)|
|EXCEDUC 301||American Sign Language I||3|
|EXCEDUC 302||American Sign Language II||3|
|EXCEDUC 303||American Sign Language III||3|
|EXCEDUC 304||American Sign Language IV||3|
|EXCEDUC 305||American Sign Language V||3|
|EXCEDUC 306||American Sign Language VI||3|
|EXCEDUC 330||Deaf History (GER-SS)||3|
|EXCEDUC 346||Skill Development: Semantics||3|
|EXCEDUC 352||American Deaf Culture (GER-SS)||3|
|EXCEDUC 358||ASL/English Linguistics I||3|
|EXCEDUC 363||ASL/English Linguistics II||3|
|EXCEDUC 500||Fingerspelling & Numbers||3|
|EXCEDUC 520||ASL Literature||3|
|Select one of the following:||3|
|Introduction to the Profession of Interpreting|
|Introduction to Education of Individuals Who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing|
|Introduction to Teaching: Colloquium and Fieldwork|
Additional Requirements for Graduation
- Minimum grade of C or better in all professional coursework.
- At least 30 program credits must be earned in residence at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, following admission to the program.
- Completion of a minimum 128 degree credits.
Advance to Major
Program Admission Requirements
- English Composition: Achieve a placement level of 4 or higher on the English Placement Test, or complete ENGLISH 102 with a grade of C or better.
- Mathematics Skills: Achieve a placement level of 30 or higher on the Math Placement Test, or complete MATH 105 , MATH 175 , or equivalent with a grade of C or better.
- Completion of COMMUN 101 or COMMUN 103 , with a grade of C or better.
- Completion of ASL GER requirements.
- Maintain a cumulative 2.5 GPA
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