American Sign Language Degree
MC's associate's degree in American Sign Language is a transfer-degree program designed for students who plan to enter fields in which they would work with Deaf people on a daily basis. The program fosters the acquisition of the language and culture of the Deaf in the United States and Canada. Following the national standards established by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, the program focuses on communication through the study of semantics, syntax, pragmatics, and culture. After program completion, you can transfer to a four-year degree program majoring in American Sign Language, Deaf studies, Deaf education, interpreter education, or social work.
Upon completion of this program a student will be able to:
- Demonstrate an appreciation of the culture and cultural practices of the Deaf community and support ASL as the visual language of the Deaf community.
- Effectively utilize signed communicative and interpreting skills learned in the classroom in general situations in and out of the Deaf community.
- Achieve an overall proficiency rating in all skill areas, both linguistic and pragmatic, of 2.5 on the MC American Sign Language Proficiency Assessment (MC-ASLPA).
Meet with your academic advisor regularly to discuss your academic plans and make sure you are on track to graduate and/or transfer.
MC has a long history of successfully preparing students for transfer to four-year institutions. See all transfer agreements.
American Sign Language interpreters are in high demand. Employment opportunities exist in health care, business, law, education, the arts, and more. Qualified interpreters need to have some level of state qualification or certification, and years of training, but opportunities exist for internships and entry-level positions, as well.
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A suggested two-year course sequence for full-time students in ASL follows
All students should review the advising guide and consult an advisor. Most courses have either assessment levels that must be met or prerequisites (courses that must be taken first). Part-time students and those who need to meet assessment levels or take prerequisite courses will take longer to complete a degree. An advisor will help make sure you are taking your courses in the right order.
All degree-seeking students must take a central group of General Education courses in English, mathematics, arts, behavioral and social sciences, humanities, and science. These courses are included in the suggested course sequence below.
Suggested Course Sequence
- ASLP 100 - ASL I 3 semester hours (HUMD)
- ASLP 105 - Visual Gestural Communication 3 semester hours
- ASLP 106 - Fingerspelling and Number Use in ASL 3 semester hours
- ENGL 101 - Introduction to College Writing 3 semester hours
- PSYC 102 - General Psychology 3 semester hours (BSSD)
- ASLP 110 - ASL II 3 semester hours (HUMD, GEIR)
- ASLP 121 - Introduction to the Deaf Community and Culture 3 semester hours (BSSD)
- English foundation 3 semester hours (ENGF)
- Mathematics foundation 3 semester hours (MATF)
- Natural science distribution with lab 4 semester hours (NSLD)
- ASLP 200 - ASL III 3 semester hours
- ASLP 205 - Structural ASL I 3 semester hours
- ASLP 207 - ASL Translation and Interpretation 3 semester hours
- ASLP 269 - Independent Study in ASL 1-4 semester hours (2 semester hours)
- Arts distribution 3 semester hours (ARTD)
- ASLP 206 - Structural ASL II 3 semester hours
- ASLP 210 - ASL IV 3 semester hours
- ASLP 222 - Deaf History and Culture 3 semester hours
- HLTH 105 - Personal and Community Health 3 semester hours (GEIR)
- Natural sciences distribution 3 semester hours (NSD)
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