ASL Studies Minor

ASL Studies professor Mark Rust teaches deaf education in the classroom.  illustration


The 28-credit ASL/Deaf Studies program provides an intellectually stimulating and valuable enhancement to any undergraduate major. With American Sign Language (ASL) as the language of instruction in all courses for the minor, students deepen their intercultural awareness related to the language, culture, and literature of Deaf people in the United States and Canada, and develop at minimum the language proficiency level defined by ACTFL as Intermediate, enabling effective communication in academic, social, and professional settings.

The ASL Studies minor also provides a critical foundation for the graduate in the Deaf Education program. The minor is not designed to prepare a career in interpreting, but can provide a foundation preparing one to enter an interpreting training program offered at other higher education institutions. The ASL minor provides language courses focusing on proficiency in American Sign Language (ASL).  All courses are taught in American Sign Language. Voice interpreters are provided at the Chair’s discretion.


Merritt Hall

Dr. Mark M. Rust
Department Chair

ASL Studies/Deaf Education Online Catalog


Students must demonstrate competence in American Sign Language (ASL) by completing ASL 2212 (ASL IV) with a B- or better in order to progress with the minor. Students wishing to minor in ASL Studies are advised to begin their language study as early as possible.


ASL 1101 American Sign Language  I    (4 credits)
ASL 1102 American Sign Language II   (4 credits)
ASL 2211 American Sign Language III  (4 credits)
ASL 2212 American Sign Language IV  (4 credits)

ASL 2230 Life Experiences and Education of Deaf People (4 credits)
ASL 3369 American Deaf Culture (4 credits)

Plus one ASL 3000-level course (4 credits)


Jan term courses (2 credits each class)
ASL 1140  Life Experiences of Deaf Individuals in the Dominican Republic (Jan term)
ASL 2012  ASL Fingerspelling and Numbers (Jan term)

Experiential courses

ASL 3395 or ASL 4495 (2 – 4 credits) – Practicums are encouraged, but not required.  If a student wishes to have this experience, contact the Department Chair. 

ASL 3100 – ASL Affinity House (2 – 4 credits; availability differs from year to year)

This is encouraged, but not required.  Students may live in the ASL House for one year or attend Gallaudet University for a semester as a visiting student. Contact the Department Chair for more information.  

American Sign Language courses (ASL I-IV) may be waived through a placement examination before the beginning of classes.  Students who have developed ASL skills prior to enrollment must the placement examination before registering. Contact the Department Chair to schedule a placement exam.


Mark Rust

Dr. Mark Rust, Program Coordinator, Deaf Education
410-857-2503 Voice
240-341-0000 VP


Eddy Laird

Dr. Eddy F. Laird, Associate Professor
443-244-9238 VP



Paul Fitzpatrick

Mr. Paul Fitzpatrick, Lecturer
ASL Lab Coordinator
443-244-9132 VP



The ASL Lab is a required, no-credit course taken concurrently with an ASL courses.  The lab meets for 10 weeks, one hour/week during the semester.


Supervised field experiences in appropriate settings, usually off-campus, designed to assist students in acquiring and using skills and knowledge of the discipline unique to selected major or interest.

Experiential courses

ASL 3395 or ASL 4495 (2 – 4 credits) – Practicums are encouraged, but not required.  If a student wishes to have this experience, contact the Department Chair

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