Feb 28, 2021  
2017-2018 SLCC General Catalog 

American Sign Language: AA

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Associate of Arts | 63 credits minimum

Humanities, Languages, Culture, and ASL/I Division
Taylorsville Redwood Campus
General Information
(801) 957-4073
Program Information (801) 957-4642
Program Website
Academic and Career Advising
Academic Advisor AAB 237B, (801) 957-3866

Associate Dean
Dr. Jeanine Alesch

Program Faculty
Associate Professor - Connie Spanton-Jex
Assistant Professors − Duane Kinner, David Davenport

Program Description
The American Sign Language program offers courses in language, literature and culture, and prepares students to function effectively in the Deaf community.  Students acquire expertise in  American Sign Language while developing important intercultural competencies.  Many required and elective classes are designated as General Education courses that enable students to explore a variety of fields and to demonstrate proficiency in English, mathematics, etc. This means that this program is also a vehicle for students to broaden their perspectives and deepen their understanding of the world around them while also providing an AA that includes the prerequisite courses and a pathway for the ASL English Interpreting AAS.

Career Opportunities
Upon the completion of the ASL Program, students will have a strong foundation in American Sign Language and Deaf culture and will be well suited for complementary studies in Deaf Education, Deaf Studies, medical fields, sales fields, acting, and ASL/English Interpreting.  Students may apply for the AAS degree in ASL-English Interpreting program, without the need to complete any additional requirements.  ASL-English interpreters are certified professionals who are needed in many fields.  Students who complete the AAS in ASL/English Interpreting can decide to pursue a BS degree at USU, which has a special agreement with the ASL/I Program.

Transfer/Articulation Information
Admission into a major program at a transfer institution depends upon the receiving institution’s requirements for that major. Some major programs are restricted and require special application as well as a competitive GPA. See an Academic Advisor at both SLCC and the intended receiving institution for specific articulation information.

Estimated Time to Completion
If students follow the suggested sample schedule, completion time is five semesters.

Program Student Learning Outcomes Related College-Wide Student Learning Outcomes
  1 - Acquire substantive knowledge
2 - Communicate effectively
3 - Develop quantitative literacies
4 - Think critically & creatively
5 - Become a community engaged learner
6 - Work in professional & constructive manner
7 - Develop computer & information literacy
Students will be able to use American Sign Language with sufficient structural accuracy to communicate in most formal and informal conversations regarding day-to-day activities, social and professional topics. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
Students will be able to use American Sign Language for descriptive, expository, dialogue, procedural, informational, persuasive, and narrative discourse. 1, 2, 4, 5
Students will be able to act with respect, knowledge and understanding of Deaf people and ASL, with an appreciation for their linguistic and cultural diversity, values, and social customs. 1, 2, 4, 5
Students will demonstrate understanding of Deaf people from diverse backgrounds, including difference in language use, communication modes, age, gender and ethnic identity. 1, 2, 4, 5
Students will be able to identify their own cultural values and social customs and compare/contrast them with those of the Deaf community in the United States and with other cultural groups. 1, 2, 4, 5
Students will be able to demonstrate understanding of the implications of cultural differences such as collectivism and individualism and high and low context cultures. 1, 2, 4, 5
Students will demonstrate critical thinking and problem solving skills that will aid in continual language development, cultural competencies, and lifetime learning. 1, 2, 4, 5

General Education Requirements

Core Skills

Quantitative Literacy (QL) Choose one Course (3-4 Credits) from the Following

American Institutions (AI) Choose 3 Credits from one of the Following

Institutional Requirements:

Lifelong Wellness (LW) 1 Credit

Student Choice (IN or DEPTH) 3 Credits

Distribution Areas

Choose one course (three credit hours) from each of the following distribution areas. One of the courses must also be a Diversity course (DV).

Life Sciences (LS)   3-4 cr
Fine Arts (FA)   3-4 cr
Humanities (HU)   3 cr
Interdisciplinary (ID)   3 cr
Social Science (SS)   3 cr
Physical Science (PS)   3 cr


  • Interdisciplinary (ID): COMM 2150  (Correlates with ASL/English Interpreting prerequisites.)
  • Fine Arts (FA): THEA 1033  (recommended)

Language (LN) 5 Credits


*In the event a student can document a hearing loss and demonstrate ASL is their first language, it is possible to take an additional ENGL 2000+ course after ENGL 1010 and 2010 and count it as the (AA) Language requirement. Other options may be available, contact the American Sign Language Department for details.

For students with demonstrated proficiency in American Sign Language, it is possible to enroll directly in more advanced courses with instructor approval. Upon completion of that course with a grade of B or higher, students can petition for credit for the first-year courses bypassed.

Elective Courses

 Select 3 Credits from the following

Sample Schedule

Advising Notes

Students already possessing fluent ASL skills or previous interpreting experience may be eligible for the American Sign Language/English Interpreting program. If students intend to enter the ASL English Interpreting program, a “B-” grade or better is required in all ASL courses. For more information contact Connie Spanton-Jex at (801) 957-4642.

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