American Sign Language Studies

Certificate - 18 credits

About this program
The American Sign Language (ASL) Studies certificate provides students with a basic knowledge of American Sign Language and Deaf Culture. The curriculum provides a foundation for entry into a career in a deafness-related field and prepares students for continued educational studies in more advanced preparation for ASL interpreter certification. This program does not prepare students to become interpreters.
Program outcomes
  1. Demonstrate basic conversational skills and use of appropriate American Sign Language vocabulary, finger spelling and numbers.
  2. Effectively communicate with deaf and hard-of-hearing people in a variety of settings.
  3. Be prepared to meet the ASL prerequisites for sign language interpreter education programs.
  4. Comprehend that the Deaf community shares a set of values, rules and traditions different from typical American values.
Minnesota State Community and Technical College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, a regional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. The Higher Learning Commission 230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500 Chicago, IL 60604-1411 Phone: 312.263.0456 / 800.621.7440