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2016-2017 SLCC General Catalog 
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American Sign Language: AA

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Associate of Arts | 63 credits minimum

Humanities, Language and Culture Department
Taylorsville Redwood Campus
General Information
(801) 957-4073
Department Secretary (801) 590-6234 VP
Program Website
Academic and Career Advising
Academic Advisor AAB 237B, (801) 957-3866

Associate Dean
Dr. Paul Allen

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

Program Description
The Department of American Sign Language offers courses in language, literature and culture that enable students to complete an institutional requirement of Language (LN) as well as an Associate of Arts degree. We prepare students to function effectively in the Deaf community using American Sign Language while gaining an understanding and appreciation of humanistic ideals and values.

Career Opportunities
Upon the completion of the ASL Program, students will be well suited for complementary studies in Deaf Education, Deaf Studies, medical fields, sales fields, acting, and ASL/English Interpreting. The program will provide students with a strong foundation in American Sign Language and Deaf culture.

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

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


For this program, students may select an additional DV course

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

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.

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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