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2020-2021 Academic Catalog and Student Handbook 
2020-2021 Academic Catalog and Student Handbook [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

American Sign Language Studies, A.A.

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The American Sign Language Studies (ASL) degree is designed to provide a foundation for further work with deaf people. Students will develop their knowledge of ASL and the culture of Deafness in North America and around the world.

ASL provides a foundational curriculum within the liberal arts framework, and is designed for the student to acquire competencies necessary to transfer to ASL Studies, ASL Interpreting, or Deaf Education baccalaureate programs.

The study of American Sign Language is on the rise in America. Students learning ASL may work in careers such as a sign language interpreter, teacher of the deaf, speech language pathologist, psychologist, employment counselor, social worker, child care worker or audiologist. Some places of employment might be mental health clinics social service agencies, hearing and speech agencies, hospitals and clinics, government institutions, public and private schools. (Careers working with deaf and hard of hearing. (n.d.). Retrieved April 7, 2017 from http://www.thebestschools.org/blog/2013/06/27/careers-working-deaf-hard-hearing/ )


Recommended Curriculum

General Education (Minimum 32 Credits)

1. Exploration and Participation

3. Relationship with the World

4. General Education Electives (Minimum 3 Credits)

Must be chosen from areas 1, 2, or 3 above.

5. Physical Education (1CR)

Approved Electives (6 CR)


The normal length of this program is two academic years at 15-17 credit hours per semester.

Graduation Requirements:

A minimum of 60 approved semester credits are required for graduation. For specific graduation requirements see “Academic Information ” and “Degree Requirements .”

Only courses numbered 1000 or above can be used toward the Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, Associate of Business, Associate of Fine Arts, Associate of Applied Science and Associate Degree in Nursing.

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