Program Description

The American Sign Language (ASL) certificate offers a number of courses. There are four levels of language courses, which focus three skills—comprehension, production, and culture knowledge. The culture course provides training in critical thinking while exploring cultural and literary themes in a historical context. The purpose of this certificate is twofold: to develop proficiency in receptive and expressive communication through ASL, as well as to foster an understanding and appreciation of cultural diversity. The skills acquired will prepare students to pursue careers in education, interpreting, business, linguistics, art, medical, and humanities.

Courses must be completed with a grade of “C” or better.

Program Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate proficiency in communicating in expressive and receptive forms in American Sign Language.
  2. Examine and explain the culture and history of the Deaf community.

Requirements for the Certificate of Achievement

Required Units: 19

Required Courses

  • ASL 001 - Elementary American Sign Language (4)
  • ASL 002 - Elementary American Sign Language (4)
  • ASL 003 - Intermediate American Sign Language (4)
  • ASL 004 - Intermediate American Sign Language - Level 2 (4)
  • ASL 015 - Introduction to Deaf Culture (3)


Catalog Year
This information reflects the information from the 2020-2021 catalog. If you have questions about a previous version, please review our Catalog Archives and/or speak with a Counselor.