Associate of Arts in American Sign Language (AA)

Division: Language & Communication Studies

This degree prepares students for entry-level employment and/or potential further study in the field of American Sign Language through the study of signing and interpreting, language and Deaf culture. Students will acquire skills and abilities in American Sign Language and an understanding of Deaf culture.

Program Outcomes

  • Sign effectively and fluently, using the parameters of ASL.
  • Demonstrate proficient receptive skills when using ASL.
  • Be familiar with Deaf culture and be able to articulate its basic history.

Career Opportunities

Upon successful completion of this degree, students will be prepared for careers or employment in the following fields: entry-level interpreting, classroom aid, Deaf student aid, advocacy for Deaf culture.

Note

This degree is not designed for transfer; however, the courses included in this degree may be transferable and apply to other degrees designed for transfer.

Program Requirements 

GENERAL EDUCATION AND SUBJECT REQUIREMENTS25
College of the Sequoias' Associate Degree General Education (COS-GE) *
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REQUIRED MAJOR COURSES15
ASL 002Amer Sign Language 2 *3
ASL 003Amer Sign Language 33
ASL 004American Sign Language 43
ASL 005Deaf Culture3
ASL 006Deaf Literature3
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RESTRICTED ELECTIVES10-12
Select three of the following courses:
ASL 001American Sign Language 14
ASL 110Intro to ASL Interpreting4
COMM 009Intercultural Communication *3
DRAM 002Fundamentals of Acting 14
SOC 001Introduction to Sociology *3
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ELECTIVES11-16
Select additional degree applicable courses numbered 1-299 to achieve 60 units
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TOTAL60

The Associate Degree requirements include completion of the:

  1. Required major courses and restricted elective courses with a "C" or better grade in each course (required and restricted elective courses may be substituted with the approval of the Division Chair),
  2. General Education requirements,
  3. Subject requirements including PE, Health & Wellness, and American Institutions, and
  4. A minimum of 60 units of degree applicable courses numbered 1-299, at least 12 of which must be taken in residence at College of the Sequoias, with a "C" (2.0) average (see Associate Degree Requirements for additional details).