• American Sign Language (912.4)


    Also see American Sign Language English Interpreting (915.2)
    The certificate in American Sign Language (ASL) provides language training and cultural enrichment for people who wish to learn ASL and the uniqueness of deaf culture. This program will not prepare students to become interpreters but is designed to introduce students to the language and culture. This program is particularly useful for parents of deaf children and students pursuing careers such as allied health, nursing, early childhood education and teaching, where clients may be Deaf. The program is designed to allow students to complement their degrees with an ASL certificate offered as a part-time program.This certificate also serves as the language foundation and prerequiste for the associate degree American Sign Language English Interpreter Training Program

    Upon successful completion of the program, the graduate will:

    1. Apply basic language skills to produce ASL in a variety of ways in order to communicate effectively with Deaf adults and children who depend on visual representations of English for communication.
    2. Pass the American Sign Language Proficiency Interview (ASLPI) which is based on the following linguistic areas: pronunciation, grammatical accuracy, vocabulary, fluency and comprehension.
    3. Use classifiers through directionality, word signs, noun placements and non-manual signals.
    4. Produce intermediate receptive comprehension and expressive information.
    5. Recognize the diversity of the Deaf culture through theory discussion, guest speakers and local events.


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    Degree Requirements

    First Semester - Fall

    Course #Course NameCredits
    ASL-101Elementary American Sign Language 14
    ASL-104Visual Gestural Communication3
    Total Credits: 7

    Second Semester - Spring

    Course #Course NameCredits
    ASL-102Elementary American Sign Language 24
    ASL-109Deaf Culture 3
    Total Credits: 7

    First Summer Session

    Course #Course NameCredits
    ASL-201Intermediate American Sign Language 13
    Total Credits: 3

    Second Summer Session

    Course #Course NameCredits
    ASL-202Intermediate American Sign Language 23
    Total Credits: 3
    Minimum Credits to Graduate: 20
  • Academic Program Update ASL 912.4

    American Sign Language (Certificate) (912.3) changes to American Sign Language (Certificate) (912.4) as of the Fall 2016 semester. Students already enrolled in program 912.3 may complete the current program or move to the new 912.4.To review program 912.3 requirements, see the  graduation checksheets page. Students should discuss these options with their advisors.