This page describes the American Sign Language and Deaf Studies minor at the University of Pennsylvania. Specific questions should be addressed to ASL Program Coordinator, Jami Fisher.
American Sign Language and Deaf Studies offers an interdisciplinary course sequence founded in language, content, and theory-based courses from a variety of fields and disciplines. The ASL program works in collaboration with the Pennsylvania School for the Deaf in the Germantown section of Philadelphia and the Deaf-Hearing Communication Centre in Swarthmore, PA to develop meaningful partnership activity for the benefit of all involved. One outcome of these collaborative relationships manifests in a research-based capstone course, Academically Based Community Service in ASL and Deaf Studies (LING 077), which provides opportunities for research and practice in a deaf community setting.
To receive a minor, a student must complete six course units, as specified below.
Advanced ASL Content and Theory Courses (2):
- Ling 075: ASL V (taught in the fall semester during odd years)
- Ling 076: Deaf Literature, Performance, Art, and Film (taught in the fall semester during even years)
- Ling 078: Deaf Culture (offered in the spring semester)
Linguistics Courses (2):
- Ling 001 Introduction to Linguistics
- Ling 102 Introduction to Sociolinguistics
Capstone ABCS Course (1):
- LING 077: Academically Based Community Service in ASL/Deaf Studies
- This class should be taken after all other ASL classes.
N.B.: This course will be offered in the spring for the 2017-2018 academic year. Starting in the fall of 2018, we will offer this course every fall only.
**Cross-Disciplinary Electives (1):
LING 247: Structure of ASL (offered Spring of odd years)
LING 075 or 076 (choose one of the two to satisfy the elective credit if you take both)
LING 110: Language Change
LING 255: Formal Semantics and Cognitive Science
LING 270: Language Acquisition
LING 450: Languages in Contact
ENGL 105.401: Disability Narratives
NURS 315: Sociocultural Influences on Health (Nursing)
BE 225: Biomedical Engineering (SEAS)
BIOE 551: Narrative Ethics: Medicine and Literature
BIOE 551: Digital Media, Disability Technology, and Bioethics
BIOE 551: Introduction to Medical Humanities
BIOE 555: Neuroethics
BIOE 550: Disability Studies and Bioethics
PSCI 258: Human Rights
PSYC 481: Seminar on Language Acquisition
PSYC 151: Language and Thought
PSYC 435-301: Seminar: Psycholinguistics
Outside Penn: Siena School for Liberal Arts (Summer or Spring, 1CU out of 2CUs counts toward the minor in ASL)
**Other relevant courses may be eligible pending departmental pre-approval