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American Sign Language, Certificate (912.5)

Location(s): North Campus


ASL Admission Requirements  

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 pre-requisite for the Associate’s degree American Sign Language/English Interpreter Training Program.  Students who have not been continually enrolled in ASL courses must have the permission of the instructor to enroll in courses beyond ASL 101  

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 communication.
  2. Demonstrate conversational Proficiency in ASL with an emphasis on sign parameters, 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 presenters and local events.

Certificate Requirements

Total: 7 Credits

Total: 7 Credits

Third Semester - First Summer Session

Total: 3 Credits

Fourth Semester - Second Summer Session

Total: 3 Credits

Minimum Credits to Graduate: 20