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Onondaga’s American Sign Language Program provides students with advanced study of ASL and many options for a future profession. Students interested in ASL-English Interpreting can take their two-year study of ASL and then transfer to a formal interpreting training program at a four-year institution. Students who are interested in careers other than interpreting can pair their study of ASL with a second degree in Education, Social Work, Human Services, Psychology, Counseling, Law, Nursing, Criminal Justice, and other relevant disciplines.

What You Will Learn:

The A.S. degree in American Sign Language is designed to provide students with a broad educational experience, which includes the balance and diversity of general education and the knowledge and skills of American Sign Language and the Deaf community.

What It Is Like:

This degree program is intensive, but is enveloped in a fully supportive learning environment that encourages student participation and involvement. We have an excellent team of instructors, both Deaf and non-deaf who have strong connections to the Deaf community. Our program provides students with 450 hours of language and cultural training: 21 credits of ASL study from the introductory through advanced levels, two 3-credit pre-interpreting courses and an elective course to further their study of ASL and Deaf culture. Elective course options include: Fingerspelling and Numbers Skill Development, Deafhood: Moving Beyond Deaf Culture and American Sign Language Literature and Film.

Where It Can Take You:

Growth in the interpreting field continues at an undaunted pace with endless career possibilities. If you picture yourself working in a career that uses American Sign Language, then this degree program will be of interest to you. While this program is designed for those students seeking successful transfer to a 4-year ASL-English Interpreting institution, it also offers practical preparation for people entering a variety of professions such as Education, Social Work, Human Services, Psychology, Counseling, Nursing, Criminal Justice and other relevant disciplines. Employability for students who are proficient in ASL increases as employers seek applicants who are proficient in languages other than English.