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Course Descriptions

ASLI 1301: Elementary American Sign Language I (formerly COMD 1301)
Cr. 3. (3-0). Introduction to American Sign Language (ASL); understanding and expression of frequently used signs, basic rules of grammar and non-manual aspects of ASL.

ASLI 1302: Elementary American Sign Language II (formerly COMD 1302)
Cr. 3. (3-0). Prerequisite: ASL I or equivalent. Continuation of Elementary ASL I (ASLI 1301); understanding and expression of a broader lexicon of signs, advanced grammar and non-manual aspects of ASL.

ASLI 2301: Intermediate American Sign Language I (formerly COMD 2301)
Cr. 3. (3-0). Prerequisite: ASLI 1302 or equivalent. Expansion on Elementary ASL I and Elementary ASL II (ASLI 1301 and ASLI 1302); understanding and expression of an expanded lexicon including the use of classifiers and rules for categorization.

ASLI 2302: Intermediate American Sign Language II (formerly COMD 2302)
Cr. 3. (3-0). Prerequisite: ASLI 2301 or equivalent. Continuation of Intermediate ASL I (ASLI 2301); understanding expression of a wide lexicon for story telling in ASL including the use of classifiers and non-manual expression.

ASLI 2333: Introduction to American Sign Language Interpreting (formerly ASLI 3311)
Cr. 3. (3-0). Prerequisites: ASLI 1310, 2301, and 2311. Overview of the field of American Sign Language Interpreting.

ASLI 2335: Multiculturalism and Diversity in ASL Interpreting 
Cr. 3. (3-0). Prerequisites: ASLI 2301. Analysis of cultural diversity and how it impacts the work of interpreters, both linguistically and paralinguistically. Emphasis on subcultures within the Deaf and hard-of-hearing communities.

ASLI 3330: Consecutive Interpreting and Translation
Cr. 3. (3-0). Prerequisites: ASLI 2302, 2333, COMD 3301. Models of interpreting theory and the process of consecutive interpreting will be explored. Intralingual ability will be emphasized. Cognitive processing skills will be analyzed and practiced for translation skill development.

ASLI 3333: Interactive Interpreting I
Cr. (3-0). Prerequisites: ASLI majors and ASLI 3330. Theoretical strategies for interpreting simultaneously between spoken English and American Sign Language will be introduced. Intensive practice involving interlingual skills will be incorporated into course content.

ASLI 3334: Interactive Interpreting II
Cr. (3-0). Prerequisites: ASLI majors and ASLI 3333. Enhanced techniques for interlingual skill development for interpreting simultaneously between spoken English and American Sign Language.

ASLI 3360: Advanced American Sign Language
Cr. 3. (3-0). Prerequisites: ASLI 2302 and COMD 3301. Linguistic competence is emphasized by modeling, analyzing and dissecting complex language techniques of American Sign Language including classifiers, depiction, mouth morphemes, narration, idiomatic language and description ability.

ASLI 4335: Advanced Interpreting Techniques and Skills in ASL/English
Cr. 3. (3-0). Prerequisites: ASLI 3333 and 3334. Builds on the ASL interpreting skills acquired in ASLI 3333 and 3334. Increasing task demands and complex communication contexts are emphasized.

ASLI 4346: American Sign Language Transliteration and Educational Interpreting
Cr. 3. (3-0). Prerequisites: ASLI major and ASLI 3334 or permission of the instructor. Interpreting in classroom settings. The interpreter's role with educators, interpreting issues related to school-age students, and federal regulations related to interpreting.

ASLI 4357: Legal and Medical Interpreting
Cr. 3. (3-0). Prerequisites: ASLI 3335. Theory, ethics and skill practice for interpreting in legal and medical settings.

ASLI 4368: Linguistics of American Sign Language
Cr. 3. (3-0). Prerequisites: ASLI 3334 or permission of the instructor. Linguistic theories as they apply to American Sign Language. Syntax, grammar, and other linguistic elements unique to spatially/visually based languages.

ASLI 4397: Selected Topics in American Sign Language Interpreting
Cr. 3. (3-0). Prerequisites: ASLI 3333 and 3334. Theoretical and practical issues as well as intense practice for skill development in emerging ASL topic areas. This course may be repeated for credit.

ASLI 4398: Independent Study: Tri-lingual Interpreting
Cr. 3. Prerequisites: ASLI 3333 and 3334. This course presents the theoretical and practical considerations when interpreting between individuals whose native languages differ. This course may be repeated for credit.

ASLI 4489: Service Learning - Fieldwork
Cr. 4. (4-0). Prerequisites: ASLI 3333 and 3334. Practical experience in a variety of settings that provide interpreting and/or language processing skill development. Professionalism, ethical behavior and client protocol will be considered. May be repeated multiple times.