American Sign Language - Course Descriptions

AMSL 1101 Deaf Culture and History 3 hrs.

This online course provides an introduction to Deaf culture. Students will study Deaf history from the 1800s to the present.

AMSL 1104 ASL Fingerspelling 1 hr.

This course will develop skill in expressive and receptive fingerspelling and numbers with emphasis on the proper form and use of the manual alphabet and numbers. Students will fingerspell fluently, accurately, and concisely. Spring semester only.

AMSL 1105 Introduction to American Sign Language 2 hrs.

This course will introduce the student to an array of vocabulary and skill sets required to learn American Sign Language. Vocabulary and skill sets include: people, cities, states, numbers, and basic conversation. This course is a co-requisite with AMSL 1111 and AMSL 1112. Fall semester only.

AMSL 1108: ASL Classifiers 3 hrs.
Student will analyze classifiers in description and character development, use of space, use of non-manual markers that includes handling or instrument classifiers. Fall semester only.

AMSL 1111 American Sign Language I 3 hrs.

In this course attention is given to the proper syntax and basic grammatical constructs. Over 500 signs will be used in this course enabling the student to express basic ideas. Non-verbal and pantomime will be emphasized. This course consists of 6 hours of lecture and 3 hours of lab per week. This course is offered the first eight weeks of the fall semester. Fall semester only.

AMSL 1112 American Sign Language II 3 hrs.

In this course students will continue to develop their sign vocabulary with an introduction to idiomatic phrases. Emphasis will be placed on the use of classifiers, expressions, body posture, and signing space. AMSL 1112 is an eight week class requiring 6 hours of lecture and 3 hours of lab each week. This course is offered the second eight weeks of the fall semester. CR: AMSL 1111. Fall semester only.

AMSL 1113 American Sign Language III 3 hrs.

This course will intensify sign vocabulary. Students will use familiar signs and learn the differences in meaning through the use of non-manual gestures. Students will be able to engage in full conversations using the nature context of American Sign Language. This course is an eight week class requiring 6 hours of lecture and 3 hours of lab each week.

This course is offered the first eight weeks of the spring semester. PR: AMSL 1112. Spring semester only.

AMSL 1140 Non-Manual Signals 3 hrs.

Students will focus on grammar features, producing and recognizing how the functions of non manual signals affect the structure of ASL at the phonemic, morphological, syntactic and semantic level. Spring semester only.

AMSL 1995 American Sign Language IV 3 hrs.

Slang, “home signs”, idioms and signs that have become obsolete or are native to specific geographic areas will be learned and used. This course is an eight week class requiring 6 hours of lecture and 3 hours of lab each week. This course is offered the second eight weeks of the spring semester. PR: AMSL 1113. Spring semester only. Capstone course.

 
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