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American Sign Language

Program Goals and Objectives

The American Sign Language program offers students a certificate of achievement and associate degree option designed to prepare them for working in a field of their choice that is non-deaf related (e.g. nursing, dance and theatre, social justice, etc.),  deafness-related careers, and/or to transfer to four-year institutions.

Program Emphasis

The American Sign Language Studies program focuses on beginning to advanced American Sign Language (ASL) skill development. This program encourages student involvement in the social and cultural activities of the Deaf community as it emphasizes student awareness of ASL as a unique language and Deaf culture and history. Students who complete the American Sign Language program may choose to work in their desired field, such as nursing, or business or work with Deaf and/or Hard-of-Hearing individuals in education and/or other human, social, or community services.  If the student decides to transfer to a four-year institution, the courses may transfer. 

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Program Learning Outcomes

Students who complete the American Sign Language/Interpreting Program will be able to:

  • Develop receptive and expressive skills in American Sign Language and Fingerspelling.
  • Develop knowledge and awareness of the differences between the Deaf Culture/deaf community and the hearing community.
  • Accurately translate English sentences into ASL.
  • Understand the differences between Deaf and hearing cultures.
  • Develop an appreciation of Deaf culture’s values, beliefs, and cultural practices. 

Catalog Description

The associate degree in American Sign Language requires completion of the courses listed below. Additional general education and graduation requirements for the associate degree are listed in the catalog. The associate degree requires a minimum of 60 units.

Career Option 

A strong command of American Sign Language (ASL) provides a special advantage to students preparing for careers in teaching, social work, counseling, psychology, audiology, health care, theater, and work in the non-profit sector.  Students who wish to use their ASL skills immediately upon graduation may work as teachers' assistants, tutors, after-school education and/or recreation staff, and child care staff and/or a different career of their choice.  Additionally, students may use ASL to create a niche market for themselves in their desired career choice. For example, knowing ASL and working as a hairstylist, nurse, tax preparer, maintenance consultant, or dental hygienist enables the student to communicate directly with Deaf patients/customers. 

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Program Requirements


COURSES REQUIRED FOR THE MAJOR:

UNITS

RECOMMENDED SEQUENCE*

 

AMSL 120

American Sign Language Level I

5

Fall 1

 

AMSL 121

American Sign Language Level II

5

Spring 1

 

AMSL 220

American Sign Language Level III

5

Fall 2

 

AMSL 221

American Sign Language Level IV

5

Spring 2

SELECT TWO COURSE FROM THE FOLLOWING:

UNITS

RECOMMENDED SEQUENCE*

 

AMSL 150

Introduction to Deaf Culture

3

Fall 1

 

AMSL 155

Implications of Deafness

3

Spring 1

 

AMSL 214

American Sign Language Fingerspelled Signs

3

Fall 2

 

AMSL 225

Introduction to Linguistics of American Sign Language

3

Spring 2

Total Units 26

*Course offerings are subject to change. Please refer to the college class schedule for the most updated course offerings for the semester.

General Education

In addition to the courses listed above, students must complete one of the following general education options:

  • The LOCAL/DISTRICT pattern (San Diego City College Catalog 2020-2021, page 100) of General Education coursework allows students to receive an Associate of Arts or an Associate of Science degree from San Diego City College. It is accepted for transfer to some private/independent institutions.
  • The IGETC pattern (San Diego City College Catalog 2020-2021, page 123) is accepted by all CSU campuses and most UC campuses and majors. It is also accepted by some private/independent or out of state universities.
  • The CSU GE pattern (San Diego City College Catalog 2020-2021, page 132) is accepted by all CSU campuses and some private/independent or out of state universities. It is not accepted by the UC system.

It is strongly recommended students consult with a counselor to determine which general education option is most appropriate for their individual educational goals.

Summary of units required

 

UNITS

Major Requirements

26

 

CSU

IGETC

LOCAL/DISTRICT

Double Counted

10

10

10

General Education*

39

37

25

Open Electives**

5

7

19

Total

60

60

60

*Some courses may be applied to both major and general education requirements (i.e. “double counting”). Units associated with those courses are subtracted in order to arrive at an accurate calculation of total units required for the degree.

**Electives as needed to meet the minimum of 60 units required for the degree.

Labor Market Information

Need

According to the April 2019 Centers of Excellence Labor Market Analysis for Interpreters and Translators Occupations in San Diego County, Interpreters and Translators Occupations have a labor market demand of 167 annual job openings, while average demand for an occupation in San Diego County is 277 annual job openings. Three educational institutions in San Diego County supply 50 awards for this occupation, suggesting that there is a supply gap. However, this supply number does not include people currently in the labor force looking for work as Interpreters and Translators.

According to the State of California Employment Development Department, projections of employment for the 2016 – 2026 for interpreters and translators occupations are expected to increase by 143 in the San Diego-Carlsbad area.

Occupational Projection of Employment 2016-2026 for San Diego County

Occupation

Employment

Employment Change

Annual Avg Openings

Estimated

Projected

Number

Percent

Interpreters and Translators

(SOC Code: 27-3091)

1180

1450

270

22.9

143

Source: https://www.labormarketinfo.edd.ca.gov/cgi/databrowsing/occExplorerQSSelection.asp?