American Sign Language - Associate of Arts Degree

The American Sign Language major at Crafton Hills College is comprised of the four introductory courses in American Sign Language and one course in Deaf Culture.  Students must also complete at least two units from the list of elective courses.

Major/Program Requirements

Required Courses:

ASL 101American Sign Language I


ASL 102American Sign Language II


ASL 103American Sign Language III


ASL 104American Sign Language IV


ASL 115The American Deaf Experience: Introduction to Deaf Studies


Students must complete at least two (2) units from the following courses:

ASL 105American Sign Language V


ASL 200Introduction to Interpreting for the Deaf


ASL 205Fingerspelling, Numbers, Classifiers, and Non-Manuals


Total Credit Hours: 21.00-22.00

Lower division requirements for students interested in transferring to a four-year institution in this field may differ from associate degree requirements. Prospective transfer students should complete the general education and lower division requirements of the school to which they will be transferring. See a counselor for details. Information is also available at

A student receiving a degree in this field will be able to:

  • Expressive Communication: Students will demonstrate language proficiency by signing American Sign Language at a beginning to intermediate level.
  • Receptive Communication: Students will interpret visual/signed ASL at a beginning to intermediate level.
  • Deaf Culture and History: Students will demonstrate appropriate knowledge of the Deaf Community regarding social interactions, beliefs, values, arts, literature, entertainment, and diversity.
  • Cultural Diversity and Appreciation: Students will define the concept of culture, appreciate other cultures and interact with members of those cultures in relation to their own.