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Programs of Study

American Sign Language

Career Studies Certificate

PURPOSE: This curriculum prepares individuals to communicate in American Sign Language (ASL), primarily with persons who are deaf or hard of hearing. Students also study the U.S. deaf community from a cultural perspective.

OCCUPATIONAL OBJECTIVES: The American Sign Language Career Studies Certificate (CSC) leads to employment opportunities primarily as a classroom aide or teacher assistant in “Deaf and Hard of Hearing” or “Hearing Impaired” K-12 programs. The content learned and skills attained may also form a foundation for further study in numerous careers, including the following: sign language interpretation, teacher of “Deaf and Hard of Hearing” children, American Sign Language instructor, linguistics, and Deaf studies. 

Preparation to become a sign language interpreter, as opposed to engaging in direct communication using ASL, is facilitated through completion of the American Sign Language – English Interpretation AAS degree.  Completion of the ASL CSC by May along with placement in ENG 111 satisfies the prerequisites to begin the ASL - English Interpretation AAS in spring/summer annually.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS: General college curricular admission

PROGRAM NOTES: Students must take ASL 100, Orientation to Acquisition of ASL as an Adult, during the first semester of study. Students must also begin language study with ASL 101 (ASL I), unless placed into a more appropriate level by the ASL and IE coordinator via the ASL placement test. Students must attain a grade of “C” or better as a final grade in a pre-requisite ASL course before enrolling in a more advanced ASL course. The ASL CSC is a five-semester program of part-time study designed to develop intermediate fluency in conversational ASL and a working understanding of Deaf people as a cultural group.  Designed to begin in fall with ASL 100 and ASL 101, the first four semesters are each comprised of two courses (6 credits) leading to completion in 21 months during the spring semester when successful students may begin Interpreter Education coursework while completing the final ASL/INT elective (2 credits).

Gainful Employment Disclosure Information: Please see www.reynolds.edu/curriculum/Gainful%20Employment/GE_Info_221-640-01.aspx to access gainful employment disclosure information for this program.

CURRICULUM

COURSE

TITLE

LEC. HRS.

LAB. HRS.

CRS. CRE.

ASL 100

Orientation to Acquisition of ASL  as an Adult

2

0

2

ASL 101

American Sign Language I

3

2

4

ASL 102

American Sign Language II

3

2

4

ASL 115

 Fingerspelling and Number Use in ASL

 2

 0

ASL 125

History and Culture  of the Deaf Community I

3

0

3

ASL 2951

Topics in ASL: American Sign Language III

3

0

3

ASL 295

Topics in ASL: American Sign Language IV

3

0

3

ASL 2201

Comparative Linguistics: ASL and English

 3

 0

 3

ASL ___2

 or

INT ___2

ASL Elective

or

INT Elective

2

0

2

TOTAL

24

 

4

26

Total Minimum Credits for Career Studies Certificate in American Sign Language  26

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1 ASL 295 - American Sign Language III and placement in ENG 111 (or approval of the ASL&IE coordinator) are the prerequisites for ASL 220.

2Students may choose from a variety of ASL and INT courses to satisfy the ASL or INT elective.  For details please see the ASL&IE coordinator.