SLCC General Catalog

American Sign Language AA

Associate of Arts (AA)
63 credits minimum

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Program Description

The Department of American Sign Language offers courses in language, literature and culture that enable students to complete an institutional requirement of Language (LN) as well as an Associate of Arts degree. We prepare students to function effectively in the Deaf community using American Sign Language while gaining an understanding and appreciation of humanistic ideals and values.

Career Opportunities

Upon the completion of the ASL Program, students will be well suited for complementary studies in Education, Deaf Studies, medical fields, sales fields, acting, and ASL/English Interpreting. The program will provide students with a strong foundation in American Sign Language and Deaf culture.

Transfer/Articulation Information

Admission into a major program at a transfer institution depends upon the receiving institution’s requirements for that major.  Some major programs are restricted and require special application as well as a competitive GPA. See an Academic Advisor at both SLCC and the intended receiving institution for specific articulation information.

Estimated Cost for Students

$500

Estimated Time to Completion

If students follow the suggested sample schedule, completion time is four semesters. 

General Education Requirements

Core Skills:

Composition (EN) 6 Credits

Course

Credits

Semesters

Prerequisite

ENGL 1010

Intro to Writing

3

A

WRTG 0990 w/C grade or better or appropriate Accuplacer score

ENGL 2010

Intermediate Writing

3

A

ENGL 1010 w/C grade or better

OR

 

 

 

ENGL 2100

Technical Writing

3

A

ENGL 1010 w/C grade or better

Quantitative Literacy (QL) Choose One Course (3-4 Credits) From The Following

Course

 

Credits

Semesters

Prerequisite

MATH 1030

Quantitative Reasoning

3

A

RDG 0990; within the last year MATH 1010 w/C grade or better or appropriate Accuplacer score

OR

 

 

 

 

Any approved QL course

3

 

 

American Institutions (AI) Choose 3 Credits From One Of The Following

Course

Credits

Semesters

Prerequisite

ECON 1740

Econ History of US

3

A

RDG 0990 w/C grade or better or appropriate Accuplacer score

HIST 1700

American Civilization

3

A

RDG 0990 w/C grade or better or appropriate Accuplacer score

POLS 1100

US Govt & Politics

3

A

RDG 0990 w/C grade or better or appropriate Accuplacer score

Language (LN) 5 Credits

Course

Credits

Semesters

Prerequisite

ASL 1020

Beginning ASL II

5

A

ASL 1010

Note: In the event a student can document a hearing loss and demonstrate ASL is their first language, it is possible to take an additional ENGL 2000+ course after ENGL 1010 and 2010 and count it as the (AA) Language requirement.  Other options may be available, contact the American Sign Language Department for details.

For students with demonstrated proficiency in American Sign Language, it is possible to enroll directly in more advanced courses with instructor approval.  Upon completion of that course with a grade of B or higher, students can petition for credit for the first-year courses bypassed.    

Institutional Requirements:

Lifelong Wellness (LW) 1 Credit

Student Choice (In Or Depth) 3 Credits

Course

Credits

Semesters

Prerequisite

NOTE: For this program, students may select an additional DV course

Distribution Areas:

Choose one course (three credit hours) from each of the following distribution areas.  One of the courses must also be a Diversity course (DV).

Course

Credits

 

Biological Science (BS)

3-4

 

Fine Arts (FA)

3-4

 

Humanities (HU)

3

 

Interdisciplinary (ID)

3

 

Social Science (SS)

3

 

Physical Science (PS)

3

 

Required Courses: (12 Credits)

Course

Credits

Semesters

Prerequisite

ASL 2010

Intermediate ASL I

4

F, Sp

ASL 1020

ASL 2020

Intermediate ASL II

4

Sp, Su

ASL 2010

ASL 2100

Proficiency Development

4

F, Sp

ASL 2020

Program Elective Courses: (Select 9 Credits From The Following)

Course

Credits

Semesters

Prerequisite

ASL 1300

Conversation I

1 F, Sp

ASL 1020

ASL 1900

Ind Studies Spec Projects

1-3

ASL 1020

ASL 2300

Conversation II

1 F, Sp

ASL 2020

ASL 2400

Topics in ASL

1-3 Sp

ASL 2010

ASL 2700

Intro to ASL Literature

3 Sp

ASL 2010

ASL 2710

Intro to Deaf Art/Film

3 F

ASL 2010

ASL 2750

Topics in Deaf Culture

1-3 Sp

ASL 2010

ASL 2900

Special Topics

1-3

ASL 2010

Elective Courses: (Select 3 Credits From The Following)

Course

Credits

Semesters

Prerequisite

THEA 1033

Basic Acting

3 F, Sp

 

ENGL 1050

Rdg Contmp Cltr(HU,DV)

3 A

 

ENGL 2030

Language in Society(HU,DV)

3 F, Sp

ENGL 1010 w/C grade or better

ENGL 2760

Gender Cultural Stdy(HU,DV)

3 Sp

 

ENGL 2850

GLBT Studies(HU,DV)

3 A

 

COMM 2110

Interpersonal Comm(ID)

3 A

 

COMM 2150

Intercultural Comm(ID,DV)

3 A

 

DANC 1200

Intro to Modern Dance(FA)

3 F, Sp

 

DANC 1500

Intro to Jazz Dance (FA)

3 F, Sp

 

Sample Schedule

1st Year Schedule

Fall Semester

Spring Semester

  ASL 1020

5

  ASL 2010

4

  THEA 1033

3

  ASL 1300

1

  ENG 1010

3

  ENG 2010

3

  LW

1

  Distribution (2)

6

  QL 

3

  Student Choice

3

Total

15

Total

17

2nd Year Schedule

Fall Semester

Spring Semester

  ASL 2020

4

  ASL 2100

4

  ASL 2710

3

  ASL 2700

3

  Distribution (2)                             

6

  DIistribution (2)

6

  AI

3

  ASL 2300

1

 

 

  ASL 2400

1

Total

16

Total

15

 

Advising Notes

Students already possessing fluent ASL skills or previous interpreting experience may be eligible for the American Sign Language/English Interpreting program.  If students intend to enter the ASL English Interpreting program, a “B-” grade or better is required in all ASL courses.  For more information contact Connie Spanton-Jex at 801-957-4642.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Related College-Wide Student Learning Outcomes

Students will be able to use American Sign Language with sufficient structural accuracy to communicate in most formal and informal conversations regarding day-to-day activities, social and professional topics.

  1. Acquire substantive knowledge.
  2. Communicate Effectively.
  3. Develop quantitative literacies.
  4. Think critically and creatively.
  5. Develop knowledge and skills to be civically engaged.
  6. Develop the knowledge and skills to work with others in a professional and constructive manner.
  7. Develop computer and information literacy.
  • Students will be able to use American Sign Language for descriptive, expository, dialogue, procedural, informational, persuasive, and narrative discourse.   

1, 2, 4, 5

  • Students will be able to act with respect, knowledge and understanding of Deaf people and ASL, with an appreciation for their linguistic and cultural diversity, values, and social customs

1, 2, 4, 5

  • Students will demonstrate understanding of Deaf people from diverse backgrounds, including difference in language use, communication modes, age, gender and ethnic identity.

1, 2, 4, 5

  • Students will be able to identify their own cultural values and social customs and compare/contrast them with those of the Deaf community in the United States and with other cultural groups. 

1, 2, 4, 5

  • Students will be able to demonstrate understanding of the implications of cultural differences such as collectivism and individualism and high and low context cultures. 

1, 2, 4, 5

  • Students will demonstrate critical thinking and problem solving skills that will aid in continual language development, cultural competencies, and lifetime learning. 

1, 2, 4, 5

Department Contact Info

Humanities, Language and Culture Department

Taylorsville Redwood Campus
Administrative Building (AD) 145

General Information
801-957-4073

Department Secretary
801-957-4929 VP

American Sign Language Department

Academic Advisor
Technology Building (TB) 315
801-957-3866

Department Chair
Paul Allen

Program Faculty

Assistant Professors:
Connie Spanton-Jex 

Instructors:
Duane Kinner