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.


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 

College of the Sequoias' Associate Degree General Education (COS-GE) *
ASL 002American Sign Language 2 *3
ASL 003American Sign Language 33
ASL 004American Sign Language 43
ASL 005Deaf Culture3
ASL 006Deaf Literature3
Select three of the following courses:
ASL 001American Sign Language 14
ASL 110Introduction to American Sign Language Interpreting4
COMM 009Intercultural Communication *3
DRAM 002Fundamentals of Acting 14
SOC 001Introduction to Sociology *3
Select additional degree applicable courses numbered 1-299 to achieve 60 units

Courses meet General Education requirements and 6 unit may double count in COS-GE.

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).