Academic Catalog

Language & Communication

American Sign Language Associate in Arts

The Associate in Arts in American Sign Language is designed for students who want to acquire advanced expressive and receptive signing skills, as well as develop a greater awareness of the Deaf community and Deaf culture. The emphasis is on paraprofessional vocations and preparation for continued study in the subject. Upon completion, students may wish to transfer to an Interpreter Certification, American Sign Language, or Deaf Studies program or a four year university to continue their studies.

Program Learning Outcomes

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

  • Demonstrate conversational fluency. Students will be able to engage in rich dialogue exchanges and share advanced narratives and complex concepts using ASL.
  • Comprehend and use grammar structures and conventions as they apply to dialogue exchanges.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of Deaf culture, cultural behaviors, values and norms; clearly explain cultural tenets and interact comfortably and appropriately with Deaf people and the cultural community in a wide range of settings, from personal to professional.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of Deaf history, and the significant accomplishments and shifts over time related to the cultural community, medical, technology and education domains.

Career Opportunities

Case Worker
Child Care Worker
Communication Disorders Aide
Early Childhood Education Intervention Aide
Educational Classroom Aide
Educational Counselor1
Preschool Aide
Program Coordinator1
Rehabilitation Counselor1
Social Work1
Social Work Aide
Special Education Classroom Aide


Bachelor degree or higher required.


Certification required.

Associate in Arts Degree Requirements

ASL-120American Sign Language I4
ASL-121American Sign Language II4
ASL-130American Sign Language: Fingerspelling3
ASL-140Inside Deaf Culture3
ASL-220American Sign Language III4
ASL-221American Sign Language IV4
Select one unit from the following:1
American Sign Language with Infants and Toddlers
American Sign Language With School Age Children
Total Units23

Plus General Education Requirements