Applied American Sign Language Studies (9312)

This program is designed to give students a foundation in American Sign Language (ASL) and to acquaint them with basic issues of concern to the Deaf community. Furthermore, the program offers an opportunity to individuals already working in the Deaf community to increase their understanding of ASL and Deaf culture in order to strengthen their knowledge and their communication skills. This program will give students sufficient training to:

  1. allow for effective communication with Deaf persons in informal settings in teaching, human services, or healthcare;
  2.  enhance their credentials for employment opportunities which do not require interpreter certification but do assign value to skills in ASL and knowledge of Deaf culture;
  3. earn the academic qualifications for entry into advanced studies at universities offering sign language programs;
  4. enter an interpreter training program, after which they may sit for a certification examination, sponsored by the national licensing organization.
Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterCredit Hours
ASLI 1100 Introduction to American Sign Language I 4
ASLI 1550 Deaf History and Culture 3
COMM 1000 Effective Public Speaking 3
ENGL 1110
English Composition I (A) 1
or English Composition I (B)
FYEX 1000 First Year Experience 1
 Credit Hours14
Second Semester
ASLI 1200 Introduction to American Sign Language II 4
ASLI 2700 Resources Concerning the Deaf Community 3
ENGL 1120 English Composition II 3
PSYC 1500 Introduction to Psychology 3
SOCY 1150 Principles of Sociology 3
 Credit Hours16
Third Semester
ASLI 1700 Deaf Literature 3
ASLI 1800 American Sign Language I 4
Select courses(s) from the Arts and Humanities Electives list 3
Select course(s) from the Related Electives list 3
Select any course as a general elective 3
 Credit Hours16
Fourth Semester
ASLI 1830 American Sign Language: Discourse 3
ASLI 1850 American Sign Language II 4
ASLI 2750 Applied Issues Concerning the Deaf Community 3
Select course(s) from the Related Electives list 3
Select any Mathematics course from MATH 1330 or higher 3
 Credit Hours16
 Total Credit Hours62

English course selection is based on placement test results (ENGL 1111 English Composition I (B) is 4 credits, only 3 credits apply to the degree).

Technical course
This course is designated as a technical course in the program. Students must earn a "C" grade or higher in the course to fulfill the college's graduation requirements policy.


Course Title Credit Hours
Related Electives
COMM 1100Effective Interpersonal Communications3
or COMM 2000 Advanced Public Speaking
ENGL 2275Multicultural Literary Studies3
HMSV 1115Introduction to Human Services3
HMSV 1215Dealing with Diversity3
LING 1500Introduction to Linguistics3
PHIL 1500Introduction to Philosophy3
PHIL 2700Ethics3
PSYC 2800Social Psychology3
SOCY 2000Race and Ethnic Relations in the U.S.3
THEA 1200Acting I3
Arts and Humanities Electives
ARTS 1120Art Appreciation3
ARTS 2220Survey of Art I3
ARTS 2230Survey of Art II3
ENGL 2250Survey of American Literature I3
ENGL 2260Survey of American Literature II3
ENGL 2280Survey of British Literature I3
ENGL 2290Survey of British Literature II3
HUMX 1100Introduction to Humanities3
HUMX 1200The American Experience in the Arts3
MUSC 1200Music Appreciation3
MUSC 1215World Music3
MUSC 1800Popular Music: Rock, Jazz, Country, and Hip-Hop3
MUSC 2200Music History and Literature I3
MUSC 2250Music History and Literature II3
PHIL 1500Introduction to Philosophy3
PHIL 2000Comparative Religion3
PHOT 1000History of Photography3