American Sign Language (ASL)

With grammar rules unlike any spoken language and an evolution that spans centuries, American Sign Language (ASL) represents a rich history and the advancement of the deaf community around the globe.

The ASL curriculum combines communication basics with cultural analysis. Students learn the fundamentals of signing, reflect on essays that examine deaf culture and attend deaf community events around San Francisco. The following ASL classes fulfill the University of San Francisco foreign language requirement:

ASL 101 - First Semester American Sign Language (4)

ASL 101 is an introduction to the fundamentals of American Sign Language. Students are prepared for visual/gestural communication including basic information relating to deaf culture, intensive work on comprehension skills and grammatical structures. The course includes a mandatory one-hour weekly group conversation with a tutor for nine weeks of the semester outside of regular class time. No prerequisite. Not open to native signers.

ASL 102 - Second Semester American Sign Language (4)

ASL 102 is a continuation of the study of the fundamentals of American Sign Language: comprehension skills, grammatical structures, practice in the production aspects of the language, and exposure to deaf culture. The course includes a mandatory one-hour weekly group conversation with a tutor for nine weeks of the semester outside of regular class time. You must complete ASL 101 to enroll. Not open to native signers.

ASL 201 - Third Semester American Sign Language (4)

ASL 201 is a continuation of the study of the fundamentals of American Sign Language: comprehension skills, grammatical structures, practice in the production aspects of the language, and exposure to deaf culture.You must complete ASL 102 to enroll. Not open to native signers

Additionally, membership with the ASL Honor Society or the ASL Student Club is an opportunity for USF students to enrich their learning experience outside of class. For questions related to ASL courses, please contact either Professor Joel Gelburd (jcgelburd@usfca.edu), or Co-Director of Language Programs, Professor Suda (sudak@usfca.edu).


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