American Sign Language A.S.

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Learn a life skill and go farther

The A.S. degree in American Sign Language gives students a broad educational experience, which includes general education, American Sign Language, and familiarity with the deaf community.

What You'll Learn

This program is intensive, but is enveloped in a fully supportive learning environment that encourages student participation and involvement. OCC has 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, including 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. 

A student studying ASL

What It's Like

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, or other relevant disciplines. 

Sign language class

Where You'll Go

Growth in the interpreting field continues at an undaunted pace with endless career possibilities.  While this program is designed for those students seeking successful transfer to a 4-year ASL-English Interpreting institution, it also offers prepares students for professions in Education, Social Work, Human Services, Psychology, Counseling, Nursing, or Criminal Justice.