The Associate of Arts degree in American Sign Language is designed to prepare students to transfer to a four year program in American Sign Language/English Interpreting, or for students who plan to enter another field in which they would work with Deaf people on a regular basis, such as in the medical, educational, early childhood, vocational rehabilitation, and social work settings, or other community agencies.
This program has two areas of focus:
- The study of Deaf Culture and community and its social norms and rules of social interactions; and
- Principles of receptive and expressive ASL to include vocabulary, sign parameters, grammar structure and syntax, semantics and pragmatics while incorporating culturally appropriate body posture, hand gestures and facial expressions.
- Communicate effectively in American Sign Language in everyday interactions, using culturally appropriate body posture, signed parameters, facial expressions, hand gestures, and vocabulary.
- Deliver simple presentations on a wide variety of familiar topics in ASL, with or without visual support.
- Navigate social interactions in culturally appropriate ways in everyday situations, sometimes even when there is a simple complication.
- Receptively understand sign language conversations and respond appropriately.
- Recognize the diversity in signing amongst various populations.
- Assess and match the diversity in signing language in order to meet the needs of the deaf individual.
- Communicate effectively in spoken and written English, for an intended audience, using clear, organized language.
- Use critical thinking skills to adapt to changing situations, make ethical decisions, and resolve problems.
- Be prepared for sign language proficiency entry exam/interview for admission to 4 year program or potential employment
|First Semester||Credit Hours|
|ASL-1010||Beginning American Sign Language I||4|
|ENG-1010||College Composition I||3|
|ASL-1020||Beginning American Sign Language II||4|
|BIO-105L||Human Biology Laboratory||1|
|ENG-1020||College Composition II||3|
|MATH-1XXX||MATH-1000 level or higher||3|
|ASL-2010||Intermediate American Sign Language I||4|
|ASL-2020||Intermediate American Sign Language II||4|
|COMM-1010||Fundamentals of Speech Communication||3|
|PSY-2010||Child Growth and Development||3|
|Select one of the following:||2-3|
|Interpreting I 1|
|Introduction to Speech Pathology 2|
|ASL-2412||Advanced American Sign Language I||4|
|ENG-2XXX||2000 level OTM approved Literature||3|
|Natural Science Requirement||3|
|Total Credit Hours||64-65|
Recommended for students planning to transfer into a 4 year program in Interpreting for the Deaf.
Recommended for students planning to transfer into a four year program in Speech and Hearing.