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American Sign Language (A.A.)

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This program is pending approval by the Maryland Higher Education Commission.

Official Title of Major: American Sign Language Transfer, A.A.

Award: Associate of Arts degree, A.A.  

Code: Contact RECORDS

Total Credit Hours: 60

World Languages

Purpose: The American Sign Language transfer degree 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.

Graduation Requirements

Refer to Academic Regulations for college-wide Graduation Requirements .

Honors Program Courses

If you qualify for the Honors Program, you may take honors versions  of some courses (such as ENG 101H , ENG 102H , etc.).

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General Education Requirements: 34 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:

English Composition: 6 credits

Arts and Humanities: 6 credits

Biological and Physical Sciences: 7 credits

At least one lab science required.  Refer to General Education Biological and Physical Sciences Requirements   for a list of approved courses.

Mathematics: 3 credits

Transfer students are recommended to consult a transfer advisor on mathematics courses accepted by their desired transfer institution.

Social and Behavioral Sciences: 6 credits

Choose two courses from two different disciplines. Refer to Social and Behavioral Sciences  for a list of approved courses.

Additional General Education Requirements: 6 credits

Program Requirements: 26 credits

Students with prior ASL knowledge are encouraged to meet with the ASL coordinator to determine placement into higher level courses.

Required Courses: 21 credits

Electives: 5 credits

Recommend students check with an advisor before selecting electives. No more than 3 credits of physical activity courses  may be used as electives.

Diversity Requirement

Satisfied by ASL 120 .

Technology Requirement

All students in associate degree programs must satisfy the Technology Requirement . In many cases, students may satisfy this requirement simultaneously as they satisfy a general education course requirement or with an elective. 

Wellness Requirement

Unless they are in a degree that is exempt, all students in associate degree programs must satisfy the Wellness Requirement . In many cases, students may satisfy this requirement simultaneously as they satisfy a general education course requirement or with an elective.

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  1. Communicate complex ideas and information through writing, speaking, presenting, and using technology.
  2. Locate, organize, and analyze information from multiple sources in order to develop informed, reasoned, and substantiated arguments.
  3. Explain the value of tradition, innovation, and creativity in understanding and participating in expression through signing.
  4. Apply mathematical skills, critical analysis, and logical thinking to solve problems and interpret quantitative information.
  5. Apply an awareness of social diversity and the ways in which cultural values are historically and socially situated.
  6. Communicate effectively at an intermediate level in American Sign Language with diverse audiences on academic and personal topics.
  7.  Compare the linguistic systems of American Sign Language and English.
  8. 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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