May 17, 2021
Title of Major: Arts and Sciences - American Sign Language, A.A.
Award: Associate of Arts degree, A.A.
Total Credit Hours: 60
Purpose: The Area of Concentration in American Sign Language will provide students a thorough and rigorous preparation to complete bachelors and masters-level training for careers as case managers, residential counselors, teaching assistants, job coaches, and administrative assistants. Other graduates choose to pursue further training to become ASL interpreters, or go on to graduate degree programs in social work, Deaf education, audiology, speech pathology, and business administration.
Planning Tool: Two-Year Sequence of Courses
General Education Requirements: 31-36 credits
An approved list of general education courses can be found in the General Education Requirements and degree program required courses section of the catalog. Choose general education courses from the following topics:
Arts and Humanities: 6 credits
Computer Technology, Interdisciplinary Studies or Mathematics: 3-4 credits
Social and Behavioral Sciences: 6 credits
Program Requirements: 9 credits
The Program Requirements for this degree are simultaneously satisfied by three of General Education Requirements listed above: (1) the Communications Arts and Humanities general education requirement, (2) the Sophomore Literature Arts and Humanities general education requirement, and (3) one of the History Social and Behavioral Sciences general education requirement courses (HIS 111 or HIS 112 or HIS 211 or HIS 212).
Area of Concentration Requirements: 24-29 credits
Students with prior ASL knowledge are encouraged to meet with the ASL coordinator to determine placement into higher level courses.
Required Courses: 18 credits
Electives: 6-11 credits
Recommend ASL courses from the following:
Computer Competency Requirement
All students in associate degree programs must demonstrate competence in computing and information technology (a computer competency requirement ). Students may satisfy the computer competency course requirement simultaneously as they satisfy the computer technology general education course or with an elective.
All students in associate degree programs must satisfy the diversity requirement. In many cases, students may satisfy this requirement simultaneously as they satisfy a general education course requirement or with an elective.
Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:
- Communicate complex ideas and information through writing, speaking, presenting, and using technology.
- Locate, organize, and analyze information from multiple sources in order to develop informed, reasoned, and substantiated arguments.
- Explain the value of tradition, innovation, and creativity in understanding and participating in expression through signing.
- Apply mathematical skills, critical analysis, and logical thinking to solve problems and interpret quantitative information.
- Apply an awareness of social diversity and the ways in which cultural values are historically and socially situated.
- Communicate effectively at an intermediate level in American Sign Language with diverse audiences on academic and personal topics.
- Compare the linguistic systems of American Sign Language and English.
- Assess the intersection of Deaf culture and identity with hearing American society.
This program aligns with all the college’s core competencies.
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