American Sign Language

asl minor

American Sign Language Program

The ASL Minor will help you to learn to communicate in ASL, develop ASL interpretation skills, learn about Deaf Culture in the community, and study ASL poetry and storytelling. If you participate in the ASL club, you can sign the national anthem on the field at OSU football games. There are many reasons to learn ASL. 

See below for our ASL minor requirements, classes, resources, scholarships, student organizations, and study abroad opportunities for ASL. 

ASL Minor Requirements

To earn the ASL Minor, students must complete the 1000 and 2000 level courses as well as ASL 3813 (Linguistics of American Sign Language) and ASL 4813 (Ethics for Interpreters). ASL 4813 will prepare students to take the State of Oklahoma Quality Assurance Screening Test (QAST) for ASL interpretation.

To declare an ASL Minor, go to 213 Life Science East or call 405-744-5658 to meet with Anthony Valentine.

ASL Classes

ASL 1713 - American Sign Language I
Introduction to American Sign Language: development of receptive and expressive skills in authentic situations and an introduction to Deaf Culture; fingerspelling, numbers, classifiers, and facial expressions. Not for native speakers per University Academic Regulations 4.9. Previously offered as ASL 1115.

ASL 1813 - American Sign Language II
Continuation of ASL 1713, further development of receptive and expressive skills in authentic situations and study of Deaf Culture. Learners are required to attend functions within the Deaf Community and focus on the different accents within sign language. Not for native speakers per University Academic Regulation 4.9. Previously offered as ASL 1225. Prerequisite: ASL 1713 or equivalent proficiency.

ASL 2113 - American Sign Language III
Intermediate level study of American Sign Language. Prerequisite(s): ASL 1225 with grade of "C" or better or permission from instructor.

ASL 2713 - American Sign Language III
Continuation of ASL 1813, further development of receptive and expressive skills in authentic situations and study of Deaf Culture, including role shifting and storytelling. Learners are required to attend functions within the Deaf Community focus on the different accents within sign language, facial expressions and idiomatic features. Not for native speakers per University Academic Regulation 4.9. Previously offered as ASL 2115. Prerequisite: ASL 1813 or equivalent proficiency.

ASL 2813 - American Sign Language IV
Delve further into the linguistic and grammatical structures in ASL; work on developing receptive skills for voicing. Work on production of ASL including pronominalization, classifiers and locatives, distributional, temporal, pluralization, and grammatical structures. Look at ASL texts for discussion on cultural and educational issues, and go out to the community. Not for native speakers per University Academic regulation 4.9. Previously offered as ASL 2225. Prerequisite: ASL 2713 or equivalent proficiency.

ASL 3713 - Interpreting Concepts in American Sign Language
Learners analyze the conceptual English meaning and produce equivalent meaning in ASL; take idiomatic features and voice into English; expand their knowledge of the linguistic, grammatical, conceptual, morphemic, and idiomatic features in American Sign Language vs. English; voice or sign for equivalent meaning. Prerequisite(s): ASL 2813 or equivalent proficiency.

ASL 3813 - Linguistics of American Sign Language
Presents authoritative readings on the most current linguistic concepts, including the fundamentals of phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, and the use of language; stimulate discussion about the ongoing development of ASL linguistic theory; look at groundbreaking research on iconic signs in ASL, variation in ASL, different functions of space in ASL, and the artistic forms of ASL. Previously offered as ASL 3503. Prerequisite: ASL 2813 or equivalent proficiency.

ASL 4713 - American Sign Language Poetry
Focus on ASL poetry and narrations. Use of authentic stories from deaf presenters. Creation of poems and narrative stories that follow ASL structure and grammatical rules based on stories and history gleaned of the community of the Deaf World. Prerequisite(s): ASL 2813 or equivalent proficiency.

ASL 4813 - Ethics for Interpreters
Understand the purpose and obligations of an interpreter; how this role will affect the interpreter as well as others, since all actions have consequences. Look at stakeholders and short-term and long-term effects of decisions made and be able to support those decisions with ethical standards. Preparation to take the State of Oklahoma Quality Assurance Screening Test (QAST) by the end of the course. Previously offered as ASL 3603. Prerequisite: ASL 2813 or equivalent proficiency.

ASL Resources

  • The Language Lab is located in 207 Gundersen and is open Monday-Friday from 8:00am-12:00pm and 1:00pm-5:00pm. In it there are computers that you can use to complete your assignments. You can also check out DVDs with your student ID by going to the office in 206 Gundersen.
  • Mango. As an OSU student, you have access to Mango for free (OSU login required). Mango is a program that you can use on your computer or you can download the app for your mobile device to learn ASL and keep up on your ASL language skills.

Scholarships

There are several scholarships available for tutition, study abroad, and research. Click here to view and apply for department scholarships. There is also an ASL Honor Society Scholarship.

ASL Student Organizations

Join the ASL Club! The ASL club meets regularly for ASL conversation and for fun! We also sign the national anthem on the field at the OSU football games! For more information, visit the OSU ASL Club on Facebook.

You may also become a member of the OSU Chapter of the American Sign Language Honor Society. To join, you must complete ASL 1713 through 2713 with As and Bs, complete 10 hours of community service, and be a member of the ASL club. At graduation, students with a 3.5 GPA in ASL can wear the silver medal and students with a 3.7 GPA in ASL wear the gold medal.

Study Abroad 

The ASL program sometimes makes a trip during Spring break. Students on the recent ASL Study Abroad trip to Paris, France investigated the historical roots of ASL as compared with FSL in France. For more information on study abroad opportunities in ASL this year, contact your ASL instructor.

ASL Club Bedlam 2015

ASL Club at the OSU-OU bedlam game.

ASL grads

ASL club graduates!

ASL Club Nov 2015

ASL Club at OSU football game.