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American Sign Language

ASL/Deaf Studies Program is now part of the School of Languages and Cultures. The ASL Program has been renamed as the ASL/Deaf Studies Program. ASL/Deaf Studies Program is dedicated to providing comprehensive and interactive curricula for students interested in learning American Sign Language (ASL) as a second language in five areas: Communication, Cultures, Connections, Comparisons, and Community. Using direct instruction and immersion in ASL, the program’s instructors engage learners in acquiring and developing increasing levels of proficiency in expressive and receptive use of the language.

ASL/Deaf Studies Program offers undergraduate and graduate courses in language, ASL structure and linguistics, ASL literatures, Deaf Arts and culture for all majors and minors on campus.


ASL 101 American Sign Language(3 sections)
This three-credit course is a basic introduction to American Sign Language (ASL) for students with no previous knowledge. Students will be introduced the language functions/features of mastering the ASL grammar at a basic expressive and receptive level for functional communcation purposes. Introduction to cultural and historical aspects of ASL and the Deaf Community is also included.

ASL 102 American Sign Language II (3 sections)
This three-credit course is a continuation of ASL 101. Further study of the language with more emphasis on receptive and expressive conversatonal skills. Includes readings of research studies relevant to lectures.

ASL 201 American Sign Language III (2 sections)
This course is designed to build on and apply ASL conversational skills and cultural behavors acquired from previous courses, ASL 101 and ASL 102 to a functional level that includes new expanded coversational and narrative skills using both conrete and abstract concepts. The course incorporates interactive activities, which will encourage a natural language environment using the target language, ASL by giving stuents situations, which allos them to concrete on the purpose rather than the mechanics of the conversation.

ASL 202 American Sign Language IV (2 sections)
This course is a continuation of ASL 201. Includes some introduction to linguistic structure, especially depiciating verbs (classifier handshapes), temporal sequencing and aspect, and conversational regulators. Continued emphasis on cultural and historical aspects in relation to the evolution of the language and language usage.

ASL 390 Undergraduate Res In ASL
This course is designed to allow for the investigation of topics related to the linguistic structure of ASL, populations of ASL language learners, sub-populations of the Deaf Community at the undergraduate level. Permission of instructor required.

Purdue ASL Club

The Purdue American Sign Language Club is a place where everybody is welcome to come and be a part of Sign Language community. It does not matter if you have no prior knowledge or you are proficient at ASL. We want to have a place on campus that you can enjoy ASL outside of class. It is a good place to learn, practice, and enjoy your knowledge of ASL. For details on meetings go to Purdue ASL Facebook page.

American Sign Language Club encourages community, learning - click here to read the article that appeared in the Purdue Exponent March 11, 2015.

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