American Sign Language and Deaf Culture, Associate of Arts
The mission of CCBC's Associate of Arts degree in American Sign Language and Deaf Culture is to prepare students with the cultural competency and conversational-level fluency needed to engage with members of the American deaf and hard of hearing community. Students can apply the skills they learn in American Sign Language to a variety of job settings. The curriculum includes expanded analysis of American Sign Language discourse and American Deaf Culture. Students will gain hands-on experience in ASL both expressively and receptively. The foundation from which we educate is based on admiration and respect for the American deaf community as a rich, diverse cultural and linguistic minority who value American Sign Language as their primary mode of communication. This program is designed for both first-time college students and returning students who seek to enhance their knowledge, skills, and abilities.
For new students with prior skills in American Sign Language (ASL), the department offers an assessment, for a fee, that may allow students to test out of some or all of the ASL courses and demonstrate fluency in ASL. Experienced students should contact the ASL and Interpreter Preparation office at (443) 840-4274 no later than two weeks prior to the start of the semester to set up a screening appointment.
Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:
- function as independent users of American Sign Language both expressively and receptively;
- utilize a variety of structure types in American Sign Language;
- comprehend main points and standard language in ASL for familiar topics;
- utilize conversational ASL in a variety of settings;
- recognize Deaf Culture and its sub-cultures; and
- be knowledgeable about Deaf history and literature.