Linguistics Major, ASL/English Interpreting Concentration, (B.A.)

The 51 credit Linguistics major with a concentration in American Sign Language provides students with advanced language knowledge of American Sign Language, competence in the linguistic structure of American Sign Language, and an understanding of the status of American Sign Language as the status of the deaf cultural minority in the United States.

Program Requirements Overview

General Education Requirements39
World Languages and Cultures Requirements3-9
Major Requirements51
Free Electives27-21
Total Credits120

Major Requirements

Required Courses
LNGN 210Introduction to General Linguistics3
LNGN 220Structure of American English3
LNGN 230Language in Society3
or LNGN 245 Language and Culture
LNGN 300Syntax3
LNGN 301Semantics3
or LNGN 302 Pragmatics
ASL/English Interpreting Concentration Courses
LNGN 350Linguistics of American Sign Language and Other Signed Languages3
LNGN 351Gesture, Sign, and Speech: The Multi-Modality of Communication3
AMSL 203Academic American Sign Language3
AMSL 260Theory and Practice for ASL-English Interpreters3
AMSL 360Discourse Analysis for ASL-English Interpreting3
AMSL 361Consecutive and Simultaneous Interpreting I3
AMSL 362Consecutive and Simultaneous Interpreting II3
AMSL 363Ethical Decision Making in ASL-English Interpreting3
AMSL 460Advanced ASL-English Interpreting3
AMSL 461ASL-English Interpreting Practicum3
Electives in Linguistics and ASL/English Interpreting6
Complete 6 credits from the list below.
Total Credits51

Electives in Linguistics and ASL/English Interpreting

LNGN 110Language of Food3
LNGN 240Languages of the World3
LNGN 250Language of Propaganda3
LNGN 255Language and Gender3
LNGN 260Dialectology3
LNGN 280Bilingualism 13
LNGN 284History of the English Language3
LNGN 288Introduction to Cognitive Science 13
or PSYC 288 Introduction to Cognitive Science
LNGN 301Semantics 13
or LNGN 302 Pragmatics
LNGN 304Principles of Discourse Analysis 13
LNGN 310Morphology3
LNGN 325Principles of Second Language Learning 13
LNGN 370Comparative and Historical Linguistics3
LNGN 420Language and the Mind 13
LNGN 430Field Methods3
LNGN 445Natural Language Processing3
LNGN 450Special Topics in Linguistics3
LNGN 478Independent Study3
LNGN 488Seminar in Cognitive Science3
PSYC 348Psycholinguistics 13

General Education Requirements

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A. New Student Seminar
Complete a 1 credit New Student Seminar course.1
C. Communication
1. Writing 3
2. Literature3
3. Communication 3
D. Fine and Performing Arts
Complete a 3 credit Fine and Performing Arts course.3
F. Humanities
1. Great Works and Their Influences3
2. Philosophical and Religious Perspectives 3
G. Computer Science
Complete a 3 credit Computer Science course.3
H. Mathematics
Complete a 3 credit Mathematics course.3
I. Natural Science Laboratory
Complete a 4 credit Natural Science Laboratory course.4
J. Physical Education
Complete a 1 credit Physical Education course.1
K. Social Science
1. American and European History 3
2. Global Cultural Perspectives3
3. Social Science Perspectives
Introduction to General Linguistics (Fulfilled in the major.)
L. Interdisciplinary Studies
Complete a 3 credit Interdisciplinary Studies course.3
Total Credits39

World Languages and Cultures Requirements

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World Languages
Based on language placement exam, complete one or two sequential courses in the same language.3-6
World Cultures
Requirement may be fulfilled by course selected in General Education - Social Science: Global Cultural Perspectives.0-3
Total Credits3-9

Recommended Roadmap to Degree Completion

This recommended four-year plan is provided as an outline for students to follow in order to complete their degree requirements within four years.  This plan is a recommendation and students should only use it in consultation with their academic advisor.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
GENERAL EDUCATION: (A) New Student Seminar 1
GENERAL EDUCATION: (C3) Communication 3
GENERAL EDUCATION: (D) Fine and Performing Arts 3
GENERAL EDUCATION: (J) Physical Education 1
AMSL 101 Beginning American Sign Language I 3
GENERAL EDUCATION: (C2) Literature 3
GENERAL EDUCATION: (F1) Humanities – Great Works and Their Influences 3
GENERAL EDUCATION: (H) Mathematics 3
GENERAL EDUCATION: (K1) Social Science – American and European History 3
AMSL 102 Beginning American Sign Language II 3
Second Year
GENERAL EDUCATION: (G) Computer Science 3
World Cultures 3
AMSL 201 Intermediate American Sign Language I 3
LNGN 210 Introduction to General Linguistics 3
LNGN 230 Language in Society (or LNGN Elective) 3
AMSL 202 Intermediate American Sign Language II 3
AMSL 203 Academic American Sign Language 3
AMSL 260 Theory and Practice for ASL-English Interpreters 3
LNGN 220 Structure of American English 3
LNGN 245 Language and Culture (or LNGN Elective) 3
Third Year
GENERAL EDUCATION: (K2) Social Science – Global Cultural Perspectives 3
AMSL 360 Discourse Analysis for ASL-English Interpreting 3
AMSL 361 Consecutive and Simultaneous Interpreting I 3
LNGN 300 Syntax 3
LNGN 350 Linguistics of American Sign Language and Other Signed Languages 3
GENERAL EDUCATION: (F2) Humanities – Philosophical and Religious Perspectives 3
AMSL 362 Consecutive and Simultaneous Interpreting II 3
AMSL 363 Ethical Decision Making in ASL-English Interpreting 3
LNGN 301
or Pragmatics
LNGN 351 Gesture, Sign, and Speech: The Multi-Modality of Communication 3
Fourth Year
GENERAL EDUCATION: (I) Natural Science Laboratory 4
GENERAL EDUCATION: (L) Interdisciplinary Studies 3
LNGN Elective or LNGN 230 3
AMSL 460 Advanced ASL-English Interpreting 3
Free Elective 3
AMSL 461 ASL-English Interpreting Practicum 3
LNGN Elective or LNGN 245 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
 Total Credits120