Dec 05, 2023  
2022-2023 SLCC General Catalog 

American Sign Language: AA

Associate of Arts | 63 credits minimum

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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 Cost for Students
Tuition and student fees:
Course Fees: $25
Other: $700

Note: Fees vary based upon specific registration and are subject to changes.

General Education Requirements

Complete all General Education courses. Refer to Notes for program specific requirements and recommendations.


Program General Education Notes


Composition (EN): ENGL 2010

Quantitative Literacy (QL): MATH 1030

Communication (CM): COMM 1020

Fine Arts (FA): THEA 1033

Language (LN): ASL 1020

Program Requirements

Time to Completion & Graduation Map

Program Learning Outcomes

Program learning outcome alignment with

  in brackets.

  • 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. [1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8]
  • Use American Sign Language for descriptive, expository, dialogue, procedural, informational, persuasive, and narrative discourse. [1,2,4,5,6]
  • Act with respect, knowledge and understanding of Deaf people and ASL, with an appreciation for their linguistic and cultural diversity, values, and social customs.[1,2,4,6]
  • Demonstrate understanding of Deaf people from diverse backgrounds, including difference in language use, communication modes, age, gender and ethnic identity. [1,2,4,6]
  • 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. [1,2,4,6]
  • Demonstrate understanding of the implications of cultural differences such as collectivism and individualism and high and low context cultures. [1,2,4,5,6]
  • Demonstrate critical thinking and problem solving skills that will aid in continual language development, cultural competencies, and lifetime learning. [1,2,4,6]