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American Sign Language


View American Sign Language Certificate (R): 220
View American Sign Language AA: 608


American Sign Language Certificate (R): 220

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.

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

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Program Outcomes for the American sign Language Certificate 

  • Integrate and recognize ASL registers 
  • Demonstrate competency in ASL expressive and receptive skills at a minimum level 2 proficiency.
  • Demonstrate competency in visual gestural communication and fingerspelling.
  • Demonstrate support and respect for ASL as the visual language of the Deaf community. 
  • Demonstrate overall competency of 2.0 in ASLPI (American Sign Language Proficiency Interview) assessment instruments.


American Sign Language AA (R):  608

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.  

First Semester
ASLP 100
ASL 1
3
ASLP 105
Visual Gestural Communication
3
ASLP 106
Fingerspelling and Number Use in ASL
3
ENGL 101
Introduction to College Writing * 3
PSYC 102
 General Pyschology (BSSD)
3
Second Semester
ASLP 110
ASL II 3
ASLP 121
Introduction to Deaf Culture and Community
3

English foundation
3

Mathematics foundation 3
  Natural sciences distribution with lab 4
Third Semester
ASLP 200
ASL III
3
ASLP 205 Structural ASL I
3
ASLP 207 ASL Translation and Interpretation
3

Arts distribution

3

Health foundation
1
Fourth Semester
ASLP 206
Structural ASL II 3
ASLP 210 ASL IV 3
ASLP 222 Deaf History and Culture 4
ASLP 226 Semantics and Communication in ASL 1
3
  Natural sciences distribution
3
Total credit hours 60

*  ENGL 101 if needed for ENGL 102/103 or general elective.

Program Outcomes for the American Sign Language Degree

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

  • Demonstrate an appreciation of the culture and cultural practices of the Deaf community and support for ASL as the visual language of the Deaf community.
  • Effectively utilize signed communicative and interpreting skills learned in the classroom in general situations in and out of the Deaf community. 
  • Achieve an overall proficiency rating in all skill areas, both linguistic and pragmatic, of 2.5 on the MC Sign language Proficiency interview (MC-SPI) in all skill areas.  
 

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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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