The undergraduate Certificate in American Sign Language and Deaf Studies requires 34 s.h. The certificate may be earned by any student admitted to the University of Iowa who is not concurrently enrolled in a UI graduate or professional degree program. Students must maintain a g.p.a. of at least 2.00 in work for the certificate.
Students may earn the Certificate in American Sign Language and Deaf Studies or the minor in American Sign Language, but not both.
The certificate program teaches students about the history, culture, and language of the American Deaf community. It is interdisciplinary, permitting students to link study in two or more disciplines into an organized investigation of a language and culture. Through their study of American Sign Language, students learn a language that is semantically and grammatically very different from their own and that operates in a different sensory channel. They also encounter a rich and complex culture, including a rapidly growing literature recorded on film and videotape since the early 20th century.
Certificate requirements include the four-course American Sign Language sequence (16 s.h.) or demonstration of equivalent proficiency; 6 s.h. of core courses; and 12 s.h. of focused electives in two or more disciplines.
Students may use each course required for the certificate to satisfy only one certificate requirement. But they may use a course to satisfy a certificate requirement as well as a requirement for a major or for a minor in another discipline. Students may count a maximum of 6 s.h. completed for a major, a minor, or another certificate offered by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences toward the Certificate in American Sign Language and Deaf Studies. Courses used to satisfy certificate requirements may not be taken pass/nonpass.
A maximum of 6 s.h. of transfer credit may be accepted toward certificate requirements, with the approval of the American Sign Language and Deaf studies advisor.
The Certificate in American Sign Language and Deaf Studies requires the following course work.
|Language Sequence Courses (or equivalent)||16|
Certificate students must complete the following sequence or be able to demonstrate equivalent proficiency. Students must demonstrate 75 percent proficiency in the expressive and receptive elements of each course in order to register for the next course in the sequence.
|ASL:1001||American Sign Language I||4|
|ASL:1002||American Sign Language II||4|
|ASL:2001||American Sign Language III||4|
|ASL:2002||American Sign Language IV||4|
Students complete at least two of these (minimum of 6 s.h.):
|ASL:3100||American Sign Language Conversation||3|
|ASL:3200||Topics in Deaf Studies||3|
|ASL:3300||American Deaf Culture||3|
|ASL:3400||Issues in ASL and Deaf Studies||3|
|ASL:3500||Deafness in the Media||3|
|ASL:3600||American Sign Language Literature||3|
|ASL:4201/HIST:4201||History of the American Deaf Community||3|
|ASLE:2500||Introduction to Interpreting||3-4|
|ASLE:3905/EDTL:3905||Teaching Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students||3-4|
Students earn a total of at least 12 s.h. in courses chosen from the lists below. They must choose courses from at least two different disciplines.
|AMST:1010||Understanding American Cultures||3|
|AMST:2025||Diversity in American Culture||3|
|ANTH:1401||Language, Culture, and Communication||3|
|Communication Sciences and Disorders|
|CSD:3117/LING:3117||Psychology of Language||3|
|CSD:3185||Hearing Loss and Audiometry||3|
|DST:1101||Introduction to Disability Studies||3|
|DST:3102||Culture and Community in Human Services||3|
|EDTL:3382/ENGL:3190||Language and Learning||3|
|EDTL:3905/ASLE:3905||Teaching Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students||3-4|
|EDTL:3933||The Culturally Different in Diverse Settings||3|
|EDTL:4900||Foundations of Special Education (requires admission to Teacher Education Program)||3|
|EDTL:4940||Characteristics of Disabilities||3|
|EPLS:4180||Human Relations for the Classroom Teacher||3|
|RCE:4197||Citizenship in a Multicultural Society||3|
|HIST:4201/ASL:4201||History of the American Deaf Community||3|
|HIST:4203||Disability in American History||3|
|LING:1010||Language and Society||3|
|LING:1060||Languages of the World||3|
|LING:3001||Introduction to Linguistics||3|
|LING:3030||Child Language-Linguistic Perspectives||3|
|LING:4589/PHIL:4589||Philosophy of Language||3|
|Psychological and Brain Sciences|
|SSW:3847||Discrimination, Oppression, and Diversity||3|
|TRNS:2000||Translation and Global Society||3|
|TRNS:3179/CL:3179/CLSA:3979/ENGL:3850||Undergraduate Translation Workshop||3|