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American Sign Language / English Interpretation

AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE (ASL) is not simply a set of hand-gestures for spelling or signing English words. Rather it has been shown to have the full linguistic structure of a complete natural language. Indeed it is the native tongue of many Deaf men and women and their children, whether hearing or not. It is a complex visual-spatial language used by the Deaf community in the United States and English-speaking parts of Canada. Not only is it a genuine language, it really is a foreign language distinct from English having its own literature and culture. Speakers of ASL probably number in the range of a half-million or more. ASL is one of the most commonly used languages in the U.S.

There is a high demand for interpreters and certified teachers of ASL. Job opportunities in this rapidly expanding profession have increased especially since the enactment of section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Qualified Interpreters for the Deaf are employed by public and private agencies or institutions within education, social services, rehabilitation, medicine, mental health, criminal justice, business, and the arts, especially the theatre.

American Sign Language Courses can be used to satisfy TTU Foreign Language Requirements.

The Bachelor of Arts in Languages and Cultures consists of 33 hours at the 2000-level and above, including CMLL 2305. As part of the required hours, each of the degree's six concentrations must include the following:
American Sign Language/English Interpretation - A minimum of three 4000-level American Sign Language courses ASL 4301, 4331 and 4332. Students must make a C or better in departmental courses to be eligible for graduation.

Communication Literacy Requirement

Students with a concentration in American Sign Language/English Interpretation must complete three CL courses: ASL 3312, 3320, and 4301

American Sign Language Minor

The minor in American Sign Language consists of a minimum of 18 hours, including ASL 1501 & 1502. Students must complete at least 6 hours at the upper level.

The course sequence is ASL 1501, 1502, 2301, 2302, 3301, and (3302 or 3312 or any 3000 or 4000-level ASL course). A grade of C or higher in all major and minor courses is required. Courses are offered on a fall/spring sequence only. There are no online courses at this time.

Students wishing to obtain information on this minor should consult Carla Burrus, advisor for ASL at carla.burrus@ttu.edu. For career opportunities and course content, please contact the ASL coordinator, Audrey Sendejo at Audrey.sendejo@ttu.edu.

Sample Curriculum

FIRST YEAR
Fall

  • ENGL 1301 Essentials of College Rhetoric (3 credit hours)
  • ASL 1501 Beginning American Sign Language I (5 credit hours)
  • Math (1000 level) (3 credit hours)*
  • CMLL 2305 Introduction to Language and Culture (3 credit hours)
    (satisfies 3 hours of Language, Philosophy and Culture requirement)
  • Personal fitness and wellness (1 credit hour)*

TOTAL: 15

Spring

  • ENGL 1302 Advanced College Rhetoric (3 credit hours)
  • ASL 1502 Beginning American Sign Language II (5 credit hours)
  • Math (1000 level) (3 credit hours)*
  • HIST 2300 History of the United States to 1877 (3 credit hours)
  • Personal fitness and wellness (1 credit hour)*

TOTAL: 15
SECOND YEAR
Fall

  • Creative Arts Elective (3 credit hours)*
  • ASL 2301 Intermediate American Sign Language I (3 credit hours)
  • POLS 1301 American Government, Organization (3 credit hours)
  • HIST 2301 History of the United States to 1877 (3 credit hours)
  • Life & Physical Sciences Elective (4 credit hours)*

TOTAL: 16

Spring

  • ENGL (2000 level) (3 credit hours)*
  • ASL 2302 Intermediate American Sign Language II (3 credit hours)
  • Life & Physical Sciences Elective (4 credit hours)*
  • POLS 2306 Texas Politics and Topics (3 credit hours)
  • Minor Elective (1000 & 2000 level) (3 credit hours)

TOTAL: 16
THIRD YEAR
Fall

  • ASL 3301 Advanced ASL/Interpreting I (3 credit hours) (Communication Literacy)
  • Minor Elective (3000 or 4000 level) (3 credit hours)*
  • ENGL (2000 level) (3 credit hours)*
  • Multicultural (3 credit hours)*
  • ASL 4301 Topics in American Sign Language Interpreting: Community Interpreting (3 credit hours) (CL)

TOTAL: 15

Spring

  • Creative Arts Elective (3 credit hours) *
  • ASL 3302 Advanced ASL/Interpreting II (3 credit hours)
  • Minor Elective (3000 or 4000 level) (3 credit hours)
  • ASL 3312 Deaf Culture (3 credit hours) (Communication Literacy)
    (satisfies 3 hours of Language, Philosophy and Culture requirement)
  • Oral Communication Elective (3 credit hours)*

TOTAL: 15

FOURTH YEAR
Fall

  • ASL Major Elective (3000 or 4000 level) (3 credit hours)
  • ASL 3320: ASL to English 1 (3 credit hours) (CL)
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences Elective (3 credit hours)*
  • ASL 4331 Observation/Interpreting Business Practices (3 credit hour)
  • Minor Elective (3000 or 4000 level) (3 credit hours)

TOTAL: 15

Spring

  • Social and Behavioral Sciences Elective (3 credit hours)*
  • ASL 4332: Field Experience & Seminar 1 (3 credit hours)
  • Minor elective (4000-level) (3 credit hours)
  • General Elective (3 credit hours)
  • General Elective (1 credit hour)

TOTAL: 13

TOTAL HOURS: 120
*Refer to the General Degree requirements of Arts and Sciences for a complete list of qualifying courses.

REQUIRED: Three Communication Literacy courses from: ASL 3312, 3320 and 4301 in residence only)

  • CMLL 2305: Intro to Languages & Cultures (Language, Philosophy and Culture requirement)
  • ASL 2301: Intermediate American Sign Language I
  • ASL 2302: Intermediate American Sign Language II
  • ASL 3301: Advanced American Sign Language/Interpreting I
  • ASL 3302: Advanced American Sign Language/Interpreting II
  • ASL 3312: Deaf Culture (Multicultural requirement) (Language, Philosophy, and Culture requirement) (Communication Literacy)
  • ASL 3320: ASL to English (Communication Literacy)
  • ASL 4301: Topics in American Sign Language Interpreting: Community Interpreting (Communication Literacy)
  • ASL 4331: Observation/Interpreting Business Practices
  • ASL 4332: Field Experience & Seminar 1

Elective Choose 3 Hours from:

  • ASL 3300: Introduction to the Interpreting Profession
  • ASL 3304: Gestural & Visual Communication in ASL
  • ASL 4330: Consecutive Interpreting vs. Simultaneous Interpreting (3 credit hours)
  • ASL 4312: Interpreting in Educational Settings (3 credit hours)
  • ASL 4320: ASL to English II (3 credit hours)

*Refer to the General Degree requirements of Arts and Sciences for a complete list of qualifying courses.

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ASL Placement Exam

The Language Laboratory & Research Center (LL&RC) offers the non-credit bearing ASL placement exam for placement out of ASL 1501 only. The examinee should have a minimum of two years of ASL classes at the high school level and with having taken the last class for no longer than one year. Exceptions might be someone with a family member who is deaf or a person who is deaf himself / herself. Also, please keep in mind that this exam may only be taken once. To schedule the ASL Placement Exam, please contact Carla Burrus.

Contact Information

Carla Burrus
Graduate Program Coordinator
carla.burrus@ttu.edu
806.834.3282 (audio only)

Melissa Hays
ASL Instructor
melissa.hays@ttu.edu

Lori Mallory
ASL Instructor
lori.mallory@ttu.edu
806.686.0589 (videophone)

Audrey Sendejo
ASL Instructor
audrey.sendejo@ttu.edu


806.300.0787 (videophone)

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