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ASL Studies

Kara Gournaris

ASL Studies Program Coordinator

Office: RWEC 132

Phone: 503-838-8324

Email: gournark@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

  • Demonstrate the ability to express and comprehend ASL.
  • Portray the ability to recognize and analyze ASL linguistics features.
  • Practice sensitivity and understanding toward diverse Deaf
    communities.
  • Develop foundational skills suitable for pursuing higher education
    and careers that use 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

Spring

ASL 201: ASL IV

Prerequisite: ASL 103

Fall

ASL 202: ASL V

Prerequisite: ASL 201

Winter

ASL 203: ASL VI

Prerequisite: ASL 202

Spring, Summer
ASL 205: Introduction to ASL Studies Fall, Winter, 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, Winter, Spring

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

Prerequisite: ASL 203

Spring

ASL 325: ASL Literature

Prerequisite: ASL 203

Fall, Winter, Spring

ASL 330: Special Topics in ASL

Prerequisite: ASL 203

 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

 

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

Prerequisite: ASL 353

Winter

ASL 470: DeafBlind Culture Community Guiding

Winter

Careers

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

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 EHLERS

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

KARA GOURNARIS

Assistant Professor, Deaf Studies & Professional Studies
503-838-8322 | gournark@wou.edu | RWEC 149

KAI PFAFF

NTT Instructor, Deaf Studies & Professional Studies
503-838-8322 | pfaffk@wou.edu | RWEC 150

BRENT REDPATH

NTT Instructor, Deaf Studies & Professional Studies
503-831-8277 | redpathb@wou.edu | RWEC 136

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