ASL 100 Beginning American Sign Language I and II (6 credits)

This course is designed for students with little or no previous knowledge of American Sign Language. Students acquire basic grammar and lexical skills that will enable them to communicate in routine social or professional situations within an authentic cultural context. Topics may include, but are not limited to the following: biographical information, relationships, preferences, leisure activities, making plans for the future, daily routines, hobbies, food, clothing and other belongings, health and emergencies, and the workplace. Upon successful completion (C+ or better) of ASL 100, students may enroll in ASL 200. Students may not receive credit for both this course and ASL 101 and ASL 102. Prerequisite: American Sign Language major or permission of instructor.

ASL 101 American Sign Language I (3 credits)

This course is designed for students with little or no previous knowledge of American Sign Language. Students acquire basic grammar and lexical skills that will enable them to communicate in routine social or professional situations within an authentic cultural context. Topics may include, but are not limited to, the following: biographical information, relationships, preferences, leisure activities and making plans for the future. This course also fulfills the Global Awareness and Diversity (GLAD) requirement at OCC. Upon successful completion of ASL 101, students may enroll in ASL 102.

ASL 102 American Sign Language II (3 credits)

This course is a sequel to American Sign Language I. It builds upon the basic grammatical, linguistic, communicative and cultural concepts learned in ASL 101. Students learn to communicate in the context of an increasing number of daily life topics. Topics may include, but are not limited to the following: daily routines, hobbies, food, clothing and other belongings, health and emergencies, and the workplace. This course also fulfills the Global Awareness and Diversity (GLAD) requirement at OCC. Upon successful completion of ASL 102, students may enroll in ASL 201. Prerequisite: ASL 101, or permission of instructor.

ASL 200 Intermediate American Sign Language I and II (6 credits)

This course is a sequel to ASL 100. This intermediate-level course builds upon grammatical, linguistic, communicative, and cultural skills that will enable them to communicate in a greater range of situations within an authentic cultural context. Relevant topics to the Deaf community discussed in this course may include: locating objects, discussing money, weather, emergencies, events, future career plans, discussing people, personal experiences, vehicle incidents, and explaining medical situations. Upon successful completion (C+ or better) of ASL 200, students may enroll in ASL 203. Students may not receive credit for both this course and ASL 201 and 202. Prerequisite: American Sign Language majors and ASL 100 or 102, or permission of instructor.

ASL 201 American Sign Language III (3 credits)

This dynamic course draws upon previously acquired knowledge while introducing students to more complex grammatical and lexical structures to further develop communicative proficiency and cultural knowledge. This course is conducted mostly in American Sign Language. Upon successful completion of ASL 201, students may enroll in ASL 202. This course fulfills the Global Awareness requirement at OCC. Prerequisite: ASL 102, 4 years of high school ASL, or permission of instructor.

ASL 202 American Sign Language IV (3 credits)

This course is a sequel to American Sign Language III. Students develop increasingly complex grammatical, linguistic, communicative, and cultural skills that will enable them to communicate in a greater range of situations within an authentic cultural context. In this course, students will use depiction and discourse strategies to narrate about and to discuss relevant topics to the Deaf community such as people, personal experiences, vehicle incidents, and medical situations. This course also fulfills the Global Awareness and Diversity (GLAD) requirement at OCC. Prerequisite: ASL 201, five years of high school ASL, or permission of instructor.

ASL 203 Advanced American Sign Language I (3 credits)

This intermediate-high level course is a sequel to American Sign Language IV (ASL 202). It expands upon complex grammatical and lexical structures for improved communication. This course gives emphasis to semantics and focuses on various structures of ASL discourse. Students will continue to learn and use vocabulary, fingerspelling, numbers, and grammatical features of ASL. It is conducted entirely in ASL and provides a solid foundation for advanced study. This course also fulfills the Global Awareness requirement at Onondaga. Prerequisite: ASL 202 or permission of instructor.

ASL 204 Advanced American Sign Language II (3 credits)

This course is a sequel to American Sign Language V (ASL 203). It incorporates intermediate-high American Sign Language (ASL), vocabulary, grammatical features, and sophisticated discourse features as they relate to narratives of ASL. It expands upon complex grammatical and lexical structures learned in previous courses. This course gives emphasis to semantics and English idioms for expressing concepts in ASL. Information based on cultural issues in the Deaf community will continue to be examined. This course is conducted entirely in ASL and provides a solid foundation for advanced study. This course also fulfills the Global Awareness requirement at Onondaga. Prerequisite: ASL 203 or permission of instructor.

ASL 206 Processing Skills Development (3 credits)

This course introduces students to the cognitive processing skills that are components of the process of consecutive and simultaneous interpretation. This course includes an overview of the theoretical models of interpretation, provides skill development activities isolating and integrating interpreting sub-skills, and practice consecutive interpreting activities to lay the foundation for interpretation between American Sign Language and English. The sub-skills in this course include visualization, listening comprehension, shadowing, paraphrasing, dual task training, and structuring. Prerequisite: ASL 203 or permission of instructor.

ASL 210 Introduction to the Field of Interpreting (3 credits)

This course introduces students to the profession of signed language interpreting. It covers the history of interpreting as a field of professional practice, introduces students to the Code of Professional Conduct and terminology related to the field. Theoretical models of interpreting, employment options in regard to various settings, function of assessing as part of the interpreting process, impact of legislation on the field, and occupational stress are explored. Additional topics include the phenomena of cross-cultural dynamics, oppression of minority groups and the role of an interpreter as a practice professional. Prerequisite: ASL 200, 202, or permission of instructor.

ASL 211 Fingerspelling and Numbers Skill Development (3 credits)

This course is designed to develop intermediate receptive and expressive fingerspelling and number skills. This course provides an avenue to improved fingerspelled word and number recognition by providing theoretical information; practice in specific skills that underlie the fingerspelled whole word and phrase recognition process; identification of fingerspelled words and numbers in context; management strategies to request repetition of fingerspelled words and numbers; and production of short narratives that include fingerspelling, lexicalized fingerspelling, and numbers. Expressive skills focus on the development of speed, clarity, and fluency. Prerequisite: ASL 202 or permission of instructor.

ASL 212 Deafhood: Moving Beyond Deaf Culture (3 credits)

This intermediate-high level course provides students with a new, in-depth cultural perspective on Deaf people who use American Sign Language (ASL). The course is based on the cultural model as opposed to the pathological model. After an analysis of the history of the American Deaf community, students will explore the progress of the Deaf community in terms of language, culture, education, arts, social norms, values, psychology, and technology. Students will also explore profiles of various contemporary Deaf individuals, the community, and their contributions to the Deaf community including Deafhood and Deaf Gain. Finally, students will apply course concepts to their own involvement with the community. Class is conducted entirely in American Sign Language. Prerequisite: ASL 200 or 202, or equivalent, or permission of instructor.

ASL 215 American Sign Language Literature and Film (3 credits)

Students will explore selected works of American Sign Language literature and film, and analyze and critique them in terms of the historical, social, cultural, and artistic journey of the American Deaf community and the individuals within the community. Various ASL literature genres will be studied, including but not limited to poems, jokes, and stories. Students will apply knowledge of ASL, storytelling techniques, and literary techniques to decode works of ASL literature and film. Additionally, students will create poems and stories in ASL using appropriate techniques and language skills. Prerequisite: ASL 202 or permission of instructor.

ASL 247 Linguistics of American Sign Language (3 credits)

This course is an introduction to the basic grammatical and linguistic structures of American Sign Language. Students will examine the basic linguistic features of ASL phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics and the use of language. Language variation, discourse, bilingualism and language contact will also be included. Prerequisite: ASL 202 or equivalent, or permission of instructor.