Nov 20, 2019  
SFCC Catalog 2019-2020 
  
SFCC Catalog 2019-2020

American Sign Language, A.A.


CIP: 16.1603
School of Liberal Arts, 505-428-1370

The Associate of Arts degree in American Sign Language (ASL) prepares students for transfer to a four-year program or professional positions in Deaf education (such as instructional aides, dorm counselors, etc.), research, human services (vocational rehabilitation), or community services (interpreting). Students gain an extensive knowledge of Deaf culture as well as a broad understanding of the scope and types of support services that should be available to deaf persons. It is recommended that sign language students consult with an American Sign Language/Interpreter adviser and with World Languages Department advisers in order to select their courses and program plan. Students must work closely with their transfer institutions and their SFCC advisers to ensure the best transition to four-year schools.

Students can earn the following certificate included in this degree:

Program Learning Outcomes


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

  • Demonstrate a broad understanding of and respect for the language, culture, and history of American Deaf people.
  • Demonstrate the ASL skills that will support the undertaking of further study and employment in education of the Deaf, interpreting, and in various professional and paraprofessional occupations in which the ability to communicate using ASL is essential.
  • Demonstrate the ability to effectively communicate in ASL with diverse members of the Deaf community in many types of settings.
  • Demonstrate effective advocacy by working with the Deaf to advance understanding and support for Deaf to advance understanding and support for Deaf-related issues that impact the lives of Deaf individuals worldwide.

General Education Requirements: (32 Credits)


Mathematics (3-7 Credits)


Laboratory Science (4-8 Credits)


The combined total of Mathematics and Laboratory Science areas should equal a minimum of 10 credits.

Social/Behavioral Sciences (3 Credits)


Humanities (6 Credits)


Creative and Fine Arts (3 Credits)


Health and Wellness (1 Credit)


Total 60 Credits Min.