Fall Courses     

Deaf Studies 101 - Elementary American Sign Language I Fall  

This course introduces students to the basic expressive and receptive skills in ASL, including conversation strategies, spatial referencing and facial expressions. This course also provides an introduction to Deaf culture. Attendance in ASL lab practicum is required in addition to the class time. One and one-quarter units.

Deaf Studies 102 - Elementary American Sign Language II Spring

This course continues to develop the basics of the ASL language and the building of both expressive and receptive vocabulary. it further develops communicative competencies in the language, focusing use of classifiers, temporal sequencing, spatial agreement and object identification through description. Study of Deaf culture is continued. Attendance in ASL lab practicum is required in addition to the class time. One and one-quarter units.

Deaf Studies 109 - Introduction to Deaf Studies

This course covers issues relating to deafness, deaf people and the Deaf community, focusing on the cultural and linguistic aspects of deafness rather than the medical condition. It explores such questions as whether deafness is something to be "fixed" or celebrated, and it considers alternative ways of looking at members of society who are "different" in some way. It considers policy making, and explores the way that the "hearing" community influences opinions, decisions, and policies that affect the Deaf community. This course is a requirement for students proposing a CISS Student Designed major or minor which includes Deaf Studies as one of its disciplines. Taught in English. One unit.

Deaf Studies 201 - Intermediate Sign Language I Fall

A continuation of the Elementary ASL level, with focus on increasing the students' vocabulary in ASL and the accurate use of correct grammatical structures. Further exposure to more sophisticated dialogue is presented, with opportunities to improve competency in both visual and receptive ASL skills through direct social situations. For most class assignments, students are evaluated using the target language, either in video format or in-class presentations using ASL. Students gain an increased understanding of Deaf culture through consistent interaction with members of the Deaf community. In addition to the class time, students are required to participate weekly in a Community-Based Learning (CBL) partnership program where ASL is used for communication. One unit.

Deaf Studies 202 - Intermediate Sign Language II Spring

A continuation of Intermediate ASL I, but with more focus on the principles of ASL. This course emphasizes receptive and expressive skills in the areas of grammatical structure, vocabulary, fingerspelling, numbers, and non-manual markers. In addition to the class time, students continue using ASL through their weekly participation in a Community Based Learning (CBL) partnership program from Intermediate ASL I. One unit.

Deaf Studies 203 - Deaf Literature Alternate years

This course examines how culture and language intersect in 20th-century ASL literature. It explores the origins of deaf literature, its relationship with written literature, and its effect on the development of aesthetic expression for ASL literature. It considers works about deafness and works written by deaf authors and the various attitudes toward deafness revealed in these works. Emphasis is placed on historical background, meaning of the content, discussion of grammatical features and styles revealed in the study of selected video materials. One unit.

Deaf Studies 299 - Special Topics Annually

A special topics course offered on alternate semesters involving related areas in literature, linguistics, culture or visual communication. Topics vary with each offering. One unit.

Deaf Studies 300 - The Deaf Community: Language & Culture Alternate years

Provides students with a positive perspective on Deaf people who use American Sign Language and their cultural identity. This course is based on a cultural perspective as an alternative to the pathological model and explores the historical evolution of the Deaf Community in terms of language, self-image, culture and arts. Taught in ASL. One unit.

Deaf Studies 301 - American Sign Language: Comp and Con Fall

Classroom activities, lab work, social events, multimedia and assignments help students to develop advanced competency in receptive and expressive use of ASL and strengthen cultural competency. In addition to the class time, students are required to participate in a Community-Based Learning (CBL) partnership program where ASL is used. Students are evaluated using the target language in video format, in-class presentations and at public forum presentations using ASL. One unit.

Deaf Studies 350 - Experience in the Deaf Community: Internship Seminar Spring

Offers students a unique learning experience, a full immersion internship opportunity for the semester with concurrent weekly seminar. Students integrate the hand-on experience of their internship sites with related readings, classroom discussions and student presentations of specific topics. Students make a formal presentation. Students are involved with a unique collaborate "Signed History" project. Using ASL as a means of communication, students conduct interviews with deaf individuals in the community. One unit.