American Sign Language (CERT)


The certificate signifies students have taken a series of courses in American Sign Language and Deaf Studies and reached a minimum level of proficiency. 

The certificate may not be eligible for federal financial aid. Speak with the Campus Hub for details. 

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Program Requirements

Major Common Core

The certificate is intended to increase knowledge of and skill in communication with individuals who are deaf and hard of hearing. In order to earn the certificate, a GPA of 3.0 or greater is required across the courses.

Beginning ASL - Level I aims to develop a basic understanding and use of American Sign Language through learning parameters of sign, fingerspelling, basic grammar and a basic understanding of Deaf culture.

Prerequisites: none

Goal Areas: GE-11

Intermediate American Sign Language - Level II builds off knowledge and skills obtained in Level I. Expands on understanding and use of more complex grammar, classifiers, and social conversation.

Prerequisites: none

Advanced I American Sign Language - Level III involves more extensive use of classifers, labeling, social conversation and increased ability to be fluent, smooth and have confidence and flow in signing.

Prerequisites: none

This course is designed to provide students with a knowledge base of Deaf culture. The many facets of the deaf/hard of hearing person's life will be explored. The debate over cochlear implantation is discussed in great detail.

Prerequisites: none

This course is a continuation of Advanced knowledge in American Sign Language. Fluent, social and academic use and understanding of sign language will be explored as well as continued expansion of knowledge of Deaf Culture and Deaf Community.

Prerequisites: CDIS 306, CDS 307