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American Sign Language

View American Sign Language Certificate: 220
View American Sign Language A.A.: 608

American Sign Language Certificate: 220

Revised: Effective Semester - Spring 2010

The certificate program in America Sign Language is designed to provide students with a foundation in ASL and would benefit those pursuing business or other service-oriented fields where they might be called upon to communicate directly with Deaf clients. The program also serves students preparing to enter an Interpreter Training Program, students whose first language is ASL and who desire to learn the structure and syntax of the language, and students desiring to improve their understanding of Deaf culture to better communicate with Deaf family, friends, neighbors, and community.

SL 100 ASL I 3
SL 105 Visual Gestural Communication 3
SL 106 Fingerspelling and Number Use in ASL 3
SL 110 ASL II 3
SL 121 Introduction to the Deaf Community and Culture 3
SL 200 ASL III 3
SL 205 Structural ASL I 3
SL 206 Structural ASL II 3
SL 210 ASL IV 3
Total credit hours  27

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American Sign Language A.A. (R):  608

Revised :  Effective Semester:  Fall 2011

The Associate of Arts degree program in American Sign Language is a transfer-degree program designed for students who plan to enter fields in which they would work with Deaf people on a daily basis.  The program fosters the acquisition of the language and culture of the Deaf in the United States and Canada.  Following the national standards established by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, the program focuses on communication through the study of semantics, syntax, pragmatics, and cultures.  Following program completion, students would transfer to a four-year degree program majoring in American sign language, Deaf studies, Deaf education, interpreter education, or social work.  The program is offered at Rockville.

General Education Requirements
Foundation Courses
English foundation 3
Health foundation 1
  Mathematics foundation 3
Distribution Courses    
Arts distribution 3
SL 100 ASL I  (HUMD) 3
SL 110 ASL II  (HUMD) 3
SL 121 Introduction to the Deaf Community and Culture (BSSD) 3
PY 102 General Psychology (BSSD) 3
  Natural sciences distribution with lab 4
  Natural sciences distribution without lab 3
Program Requirements
EN 101 Introduction to College Writing* 3
SL 105 Visual Gestural Communication 3
SL 106 Fingerspelling and Number Use in ASL 3
SL 200 ASL III 3
SL 205 Structural ASL I 3
SL 206 Structural ASL II 3
SL 207 ASL Translation and Interpretation for Literature 3
SL 210 ASL IV 3
SL 226 Semantics and Communication in ASL 3
SL 269 Independent Study in ASL 1-4
  SL elective† 3-4
Total credit hours 60 – 64

*  EN 101 if needed for EN 102/109 or general elective.

† Students should choose an SL capstone course with an adviser.

Program Outcomes for the American Sign Language Degree

Upon completion of this program a student will be able to:

  • Describe the structures of ASL, including phonology, morphology syntax, and semantics at a level 2.5 proficiency.
  • Integrate and recognize ASL registers.
  • Demonstrate competency in ASL expressive and receptive skills at a level 2.5 proficiency.
  • Demonstrate competency in visual gestural communication and finger spelling.
  • Reach competency of 2.5 or better in ASLPI assessment instrument.
  • Demonstrate support and respect for ASL as the visual language of the Deaf community
  • Demonstrate, appropriately, interpreting skills learned in the classroom into general situations in and out of the Deaf community and in service fields.
  • Demonstrate an appreciation of the culture and cultural practices of the Deaf community.
  • Demonstrate an understanding and application of appropriate sociolinguistic behaviors as proficient users of American Sign Language.

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Refer to course description pages to identify courses with prerequisites.
Courses in italics meet General Education requirements


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