AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE / A.A.S. DEGREE

Ammerman
Hegis Code: 5599

Program Learning OutcomesCurriculum Code: ASL-IN-AAS, ASL-SD-AAS
 

     The design of this program allows a concentration in one of two sequences: American Sign Language (ASL) Studies or ASL/English Interpretation.

     The American Sign Language Studies sequence is a two-year course of study designed for individuals who are interested in sign language and working with Deaf people but who do not want to become sign language interpreters. Graduates will be prepared to work as para-professionals in schools with Deaf students and social service agencies that serve Deaf adults. Students with this degree will also be able to transfer to four-year degree programs to combine their knowledge of ASL and Deaf people with other areas of interest such as Education, Social Work, or Communications.

     The ASL/English Interpretation Sequence is designed to provide a foundation for graduates to sit for the National Interpreter Certification Knowledge Examination administered by the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, Inc. (RID). In addition, students will be qualified for a state interpreter license in numerous states across the country. Students interested in pursuing national certification as a sign language interpreter should consult the RID's website for current certification requirements: (www.rid.org/education/edu_certification/index.cfm). The ASL/English Interpretation Sequence may take more than 2 years of full-time study to complete due to its admission policy and course sequence.

     Students interested in pursuing New York State certification as a teacher of American Sign Language in public schools are advised to pursue the ASL/English Interpretation Sequence because it provides a larger number of the hours required for that certification. Students should check for current New York State teacher certification requirements at: http://www.highered.nysed.gov/tcert/.

Students interested in either program should enroll in the ASL Studies degree program first.

      American Sign Language Studies Sequence: To remain a student in the ASL Studies sequence, students must achieve a minimum grade of C in every ASL course. Students receiving a grade below a C in an ASL course will have their majors changed to Liberal Arts the semester following the posting of the disqualifying grade. Students may opt to repeat a course once to earn a C or better. If they do, they will be returned to the ASL Studies major the semester following the posting of the required minimum grade.

     ASL/English Interpretation Sequence: To be considered for admission to the Interpreting sequence, students must have completed each of the following courses with a grade of B or higher:

ASL101: American Sign Language I (3 credits)
ASL103: Deaf Culture and Contemporary Issues (3 credits)
ASL105: American Sign Language II (3 credits)
ENG101: Standard Freshman Composition (3 credits)
ENG119: The Structure of English (3 credits)

     Once enrolled, ASL/English Interpretation students must achieve a minimum passing grade of B in all ASL courses to remain in the program and to graduate. Students receiving a grade of C in an ASL Course will have their majors changed to Liberal Arts the semester following the posting of the disqualifying grade. Students may opt to repeat a course once to earn a B or better. If they do, they will be reinstated to the ASL/English Interpretation major the semester following the posting of the required minimum grade.

      ASL101, ASL103, ASL105, ASL201, ASL203 and ASL220 are open to non-program students who have completed the appropriate prerequisites.

ASL/English Interpretation Sequence

Ammerman / ASL-IN-AAS
First Semester: 13.5 credits Lec. Lab. Cr.
 Courses that constitute the major in this curriculum ASL101: American Sign Language I 3 3
 Courses that constitute the major in this curriculum ASL103: Deaf Culture and Contemporary Issues 3 3
  COL101: Freshman Seminar 1.5 1.5
  ENG101: Standard Freshman Composition 3 3
  Humanities Elective 3 3
         
Second Semester: 13 credits Lec. Lab. Cr.
 Courses that constitute the major in this curriculum ASL105: American Sign Language II 3 - 3
  ENG119: The Structure of English 3 3
  HSC114: Group Dynamics 3 3
  Physical Education 2 1
  PSY101: Introduction to Psychology 3 3
         
Third Semester: 13 credits Lec. Lab. Cr.
 Courses that constitute the major in this curriculum ASL201: American Sign Language III 3 3 4
 Courses that constitute the major in this curriculum ASL203: Fingerspelling 2 2
 Courses that constitute the major in this curriculum ASL205: Introduction to Principles of Interpreting and Transliterating 3 3
  BIO101: Principles of Biology 3 2 4
         
Fourth Semester: 14 credits Lec. Lab. Cr.
 Courses that constitute the major in this curriculum ASL210: Comparative Linguistics: ASL and English 3 3
 Courses that constitute the major in this curriculum ASL212: Sign-to-Voice Interpreting 2 4 3
 Courses that constitute the major in this curriculum ASL220: American Sign Language IV 3 3 4
  Physical Education 2 1
  PSY210: Lifespan Development 3 3
         
Fifth Semester: 12-13 credits Lec. Lab. Cr.
 Courses that constitute the major in this curriculum ASL222: Voice-to-Sign Interpreting 2 4 3
 Courses that constitute the major in this curriculum ASL230: Technical Sign Language 3 3
  COM101: Introduction to Human Communication 3 3
  Mathematics/Science Elective 3-4 3-4
         
Sixth Semester: 5 credits Lec. Lab. Cr.
 Courses that constitute the major in this curriculum ASL240: Sign Language Interpreter Seminar / Fieldwork 2 4 3
         
TOTAL CREDITS REQUIRED 68.5-69.5

 Courses that constitute the major in this
curriculum These courses constitute the major courses in this curriculum.

REQUIRED CREDIT DISTRIBUTION
English 6 credits
Sign Language 37 credits
Social Sciences 6 credits
Mathematics/Science 7-8 credits
Health Concepts 3 credits
Humanities 6 credits
Freshman Seminar 1.5 credits
Physical Education 2 credits


American Sign Language Studies Sequence

Ammerman / ASL-SD-AAS
First Semester: 14.5 credits Lec. Lab. Cr.
 Courses that constitute the major in this curriculum ASL101: American Sign Language I 3 3
 Courses that constitute the major in this curriculum ASL103: Deaf Culture and Contemporary Issues 3 3
  COL101: Freshman Seminar 1.5 1.5
  ENG101: Standard Freshman Composition 3 3
  Physical Education 2 1
  PSY101: Introduction to Psychology 3 3
         
SECOND SEMESTER: 15 credits Lec. Lab. Cr.
 Courses that constitute the major in this curriculum ASL105: American Sign Language II 3 3
ENG119: The Structure of English 3 3
  HSC114: Group Dynamics 3 3
  Humanities Elective 3 3
  PSY210: Lifespan Development 3 3
         
THIRD SEMESTER: 16 credits Lec. Lab. Cr.
 Courses that constitute the major in this curriculum ASL201: American Sign Language III 3 3 4
 Courses that constitute the major in this curriculum ASL203: Fingerspelling 2 2
BIO101: Principles of Biology 3 2 4
  PSY213: The Exceptional Child 3 3
Social Science Elective 3 3
         
FOURTH SEMESTER: 17-18 credits Lec. Lab. Cr.
 Courses that constitute the major in this curriculum ASL210: Comparative Linguistics: ASL and English 3 3
 Courses that constitute the major in this curriculum ASL220: American Sign Language IV 3 3 4
HSC101Health Concepts or other Health Elective 3 3
Mathematics/Science Elective 3-4 3-4
Physical Education - 2 1
Unrestricted Elective 3 3
         
TOTAL CREDIT DISTRIBUTION 62.5 - 63.5

 Courses that constitute the major in this
curriculum These courses constitute the major courses in this curriculum.

REQUIRED CREDIT DISTRIBUTION
English 6 credits
Sign Language 22 credits
Social Sciences 12 credits
Mathematics/Science 7-8 credits
Health Concepts 6 credits
Humanities 3 credits
Unrestricted Elective 3 credits
Freshman Seminar 1.5 credits
Physical Education 2 credits