Commonwealth University student using American Sign Language in classroom setting.

American Sign Language (ASL)

The ASL minor prepares students to develop fluency in American Sign Language (ASL), understand Deaf Culture, and how to appropriately interact with the Deaf Community.

Degrees & Offerings
  • Minor
Location
  • Bloomsburg
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The minor in sign language will involve a developmental sequence of 15 credit hours in sign language courses and 3 credit hours in Deaf culture (totaling 18 credits). Students outside of the ASL/English Interpreting Program will have an opportunity to strengthen an additional skill that will make them more employable and acceptable for graduate programs.

Students may wish to major in an area of their interest and want to work with the Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing population in that area. Examples could be psychology/sign language, nursing/sign language, and education/sign language. Students must receive advisement from the ASL/English Interpreting Program minor advisor with regard to course selections. Contact Dr. Klein bklein@commonwealthu.edu with any questions.  

Course Delivery Format

  Bloomsburg

  Face-to-Face
  Online
  Hybrid

  Lock Haven

  Face-to-Face
  Online
  Hybrid

  Mansfield

  Face-to-Face
  Online
  Hybrid

  Clearfield

  Face-to-Face
  Online
  Hybrid

Students interested in the American Sign Language (ASL) Minor should consult their advisor for information on course requirements. More information will be added to this page when available.

Courses and Curriculum

Upon completion of this minor students will be able to

  1. Produce and carry out the ability to create a content centered conversation 
  2. Identify and produce vocabulary using advanced grammar 
  3. Produce and comprehend narrative stories that include appropriate body movements and grammar 
  4. Describe various aspects of the Deaf Culture, Deaf communities and the diveristy within the communities.  

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