Note on Language Component
Students pursuing the ASL Linguistics Concentration must have taken two semesters of ASL (ASL 101 and ASL 102 ) or have attained a level of proficiency equivalent to two semesters. These courses (or the equivalent) do not count as credit toward the major but are prerequisites to upper-level ASL courses.
Note on grade requirement for LIN 185 - Language, Mind, and Society: An Introduction to Linguistics : Students must receive a grade of B or higher in LIN 185 before enrolling in certain upper-level LIN courses, including LIN 313 - Syntax . LIN 185 may be repeated at most one time. Students for whom American Sign Language is their first language may consult with the department about alternative pathways for satisfying this requirement.
Notes on Core Curriculum Requirements
In addition to completing a major, students must satisfy USM’s Core Curriculum requirements and earn a total of at least 120 credits to graduate. The following information outlines core requirements that overlap with the major in Linguistics with a Concentration in ASL Linguistics or core courses recommended for students majoring in this concentration.
Quantitative Reasoning: Students must fulfill this requirement with a statistics or MAT course. One requirement for Honors in Linguistics is LIN 490 - Introduction to Language Research . This course has a statistics course (MAT 120 - Introduction to Statistics or PSY 201 - Statistics in Psychology ) as a prerequisite. Therefore, students should take a statistics course to meet this requirement if they are considering pursuing Honors in Linguistics. If not, students can take any MAT course in the Quantitative Reasoning category.
Cultural Interpretation: Each of ASL 101 - Beginning American Sign Language I , ASL 102 - Beginning American Sign Language II , ASL 201 - Intermediate American Sign Language I , and ASL 202 - Intermediate American Sign Language II (as well as other language courses at these levels) fulfills this core requirement.
Socio-Cultural Analysis: LIN 185 - Language, Mind, and Society: An Introduction to Linguistics and LIN 203 - Introduction to the Deaf World meet this requirement.
Science Exploration: LIN 185 - Language, Mind, and Society: An Introduction to Linguistics meets this requirement if LIN 186 - Introduction to Linguistics: Lab (the one-credit lab associated with LIN 185 ) is taken as well.
Diversity: LIN 185 - Language, Mind, and Society: An Introduction to Linguistics and LIN 203 - Introduction to the Deaf World also meet this requirement.
Engaged Learning: ASL 201 - Intermediate American Sign Language I , ASL 202 - Intermediate American Sign Language II , ASL 401 - Advanced American Sign Language I , and ASL 402 - Advanced American Sign Language II meet this requirement.
Writing, Reading, and Inquiry 3: LIN 317 - Two Languages, One Mind: Introduction to Second Language Acquisition and Bilingualism
Capstone: ASL 416 - ASL Linguistics in ASL in ASL is a capstone course.
Several linguistics or language courses that are not required for the major fulfill core requirements:
International: LIN 112 - The Birth of a Language , FRE 202 - Intermediate French II , GER 202 - Intermediate German II , ITA 202 - Intermediate Italian II , SPA 202 - Intermediate Spanish II
Ethical Inquiry, Social Responsibility, and Citizenship: LIN 410 - Ethical Decision Making in ASL/English Interpreting (Note: Students who have not taken ASL or interpreting courses can request permission from the Department to take this course, if they demonstrate experience in an area involving ethical reasoning.)