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ASL Studies

Lyra Behnke

ASL Studies Program Coordinator

Office: RWEC 151

Phone: (503) 606-6027

Email: behnkel@wou.edu

Our mission is to create and transmit knowledge of American Sign Language (ASL) in a climate that promotes respect for Deaf culture, Deaf history and Deaf Community.

Learning outcomes

  • Depict language mastery in ASL linguistics including the ability to express and comprehend ASL.
  • Demonstrate sensitivity and understanding of Deaf culture and Deaf history perspectives in a Global society.
  • Develop strong background knowledge skills suitable for pursuing careers in education, government, social services, graduate work and life-long learning of ASL.

ASL course rotation

Course

Term Taught

ASL 101: ASL I

Fall

ASL 102: ASL II

Prerequisite: ASL 101

Winter

ASL 103: ASL III

Prerequisite: ASL 102

Fall, Spring

ASL 201: ASL IV

Prerequisite: ASL 103

Fall, Winter

ASL 202: ASL V

Prerequisite: ASL 201

Winter, Spring

ASL 203: ASL VI

Prerequisite: ASL 202

Spring, Summer

ASL 205: Introduction to ASL Studies

Fall, Spring

ASL 215: Visual / Gestural Communication

Prerequisite: ASL 103

Spring

ASL 301: ASL VII

Prerequisite: ASL 203

Fall

ASL 302: ASL VIII

Prerequisite: ASL 301

Winter

ASL 303: ASL IX

Prerequisite: ASL 302

Spring

ASL 315: American Deaf Culture

Prerequisite: ASL 203

Fall

ASL 320: Deaf Women: Sociolinguistic, Historical and Contemporary Issues

Prerequisite: ASL 203

Spring

ASL 325: ASL Literature

Prerequisite: ASL 203

Winter

ASL 327: Deaf Cinema History

Prerequisite: ASL 203

Fall

ASL 330: Special Topics in ASL

Prerequisite: ASL 203

Winter, Spring

ASL 340: Introduction to the Deaf Latino Community

Prerequisite: ASL 203

Spring

ASL 353: Linguistics of ASL

Prerequisites (or corequisites): ASL 303, LING 310

Spring, Summer

ASL 360: Black Deaf Culture

Prerequisite: ASL 203

Spring

ASL 407: Seminar

Prerequisite: ASL 203

Spring

ASL 409: Practicum

Fall, Winter, Spring

ASL 413: ASL Cherology / Phonology

Prerequisites: ASL 303, ASL 353

Fall

ASL 414: ASL Morphology

Prerequisites: ASL 303, ASL 353

Winter

ASL 415: ASL Syntax and Semantics

Prerequisites: ASL 303, ASL 353

Spring

ASL 420: Sociolinguistics of Deaf Communities

Prerequisites: ASL 303, LING 310, GenEd Writing Course

Fall

ASL 429: American Deaf History

Fall, Spring, Summer

ASL 440: Mental Health in the Deaf Community

Prerequisite: ASL 203

Winter

ASL 456: First and Second Language Acquisition: Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Prerequisites: ASL 303, ASL 353

Winter, Summer

ASL 460: Black American Sign Language

Winter

Careers

Opportunities for our graduates include deaf rehabilitation counseling, deaf education, ASL teacher, linguistics, research specialist, consultant, and deaf/hearing interpreting.

Successful graduates are prepared in ASL linguistics and deaf culture, and are sought after for non-interpreter positions where they must interact in ASL, for example, in schools and other programs for the deaf, video relay services and other businesses catering to deaf clientele.

The ASL degree also prepares students for graduate programs where this language and cultural knowledge is required, for example, in rehabilitation counseling and teacher education.

Our faculty

LYRA BEHNKE

ASL Studies Program Coordinator & Instructor, Deaf Studies & Professional Studies
503-838-8322 | behnkel@wou.edu | RWEC 139

TIE BURCHAM

NTT Instructor, Deaf Studies & Professional Studies
503-838-8324 | burchamt@wou.edu | RWEC 139

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