Nov 28, 2022  
2022-2023 University Catalog 
2022-2023 University Catalog

ASL and Deaf Studies Minor

This minor is designed to introduce students to ASL and teach them about ASL as a language, and Deaf culture. Students will learn ASL through the core coursework of the program and will gain a deeper understanding of ASL/Deaf studies through required and elective courses. The ASL minor program will prepare students for careers in a variety of fields, including health/medical, business, and education.

Students will learn and develop advanced ASL conversational skills that can be used for a variety of settings, topics, and functions. They will scrutinize the importance of communicating with their whole body, including facial expressions and the shape, placement, and movement of hands, when conveying information through ASL. They will gain experience conversing in American Sign Language.


  • Before undertaking this minor, the student must establish proficiency equivalent to ASL Level IV. Proficiency may be established by taking and passing ASL 20200 by examination, or by other evidence acceptable to the Department.
  • 50% of credits for CLA minors must come from Purdue University.
  • A minimum GPA of 2.67 (B- average) in the minor is required for the student to graduate with a minor in ASL.
  • No courses can be completed by exam or departmental credit. Only one course (20200) can be completed by examination or through transfer credit.

College of Liberal Arts Pass/No Pass Option Policy

  • P/NP cannot be used to satisfy Liberal Arts Core, Liberal Arts major, minor, or certificate requirements.


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