American Sign Language

American Sign Language

Program Description:  The Associates of Arts in Foreign Language – American Sign Language is intended to match, within the constraints of the Core Curriculum, the course of study for the first two years of a program of study in Foreign Language with a 14 hour area of concentration* in American Sign Language. It provides the basis for students to enter careers in criminal justice, court interpreting, and other governmental professions. Other possibilities are careers in business, international relations, education, social work, and humanitarian work.

Use this Program Map as an advising guide to choose courses with your advisor and track progress toward milestones and completion of the degree program. The map provides students a suggested course sequence to timely program completion.

SEMESTER-BY-SEMESTER PROGRAM PLAN FOR FULL-TIME STUDENTS
Plans can be modified to fit the needs of part-time students by adding more semesters  

Course Schedule    Course Descriptions
Semester 1 Min Credits Notes
ENGL 1301 English Composition I 3 Communications Core Curriculum Core
Life and Physical Science Core Course 3 Select a course from the Life and Physical Sciences section of the Core Curriculum. Core
MATH 1324 Business Math 3 Or select a course from the Mathematics section of the Core Curriculum. Core
SGNL 1401 American Sign Language I 4 Area of Concentration*
HIST 1301 United States History I 3 Or select a course from the American History section of the Core Curriculum. Core
16 Program Semester Hours / Meet with your advisor
Semester 2 Min Credits Notes
ENGL 1302 ? English Composition II or 3 Communications Core Curriculum Core
Life and Physical Science Core Course 3 Select a course from the Life and Physical Sciences section of the Core Curriculum. Core
Creative Arts Core Course 3 Select a course from the Creative Arts section of the Core Curriculum. Core
SGNL 1402 American Sign Language II 4 Area of Concentration*
HIST 1302 United States History II 3 Or select a course from the American History section of the Core Curriculum. Core
16 Program Semester Hours / Meet with your advisor
Semester 3 Min Credits Notes
SGNL 2301 Intermediate Sign Language I 3 Area of Concentration*
Restricted Elective 3 ENGL 2311 Business and Technical Writing Recommended for teachers. Meet with an advisor to determine transfer institution courses. Core
GOVT 2305 ? Federal Government 3 Government/Political Science Core Core
TECA 1354 Child Development or PSYC 2301 General Psychology or 3 May select a different course from the Social and Behavioral Sciences section of the Core Curriculum Course List. Core
SPCH 1315 ? Public Speaking 3 Or select a course from the Component Area Option section of the Core Curriculum. Core
15 Program Semester Hours / Meet with your advisor
Semester 4 Min Credits Notes
SGNL 2302 Intermediate Sign Language II 3 Area of Concentration*
General Elective 3 Meet with an advisor to determine transfer institution courses.
GOVT 2306 ? Texas Government 3 Government/Political Science Core Core
ENGL 2332 World Literature I or ENGL 2333 World Literature II or 3 Or select a course from the Language, Philosophy and Culture section of the Core Curriculum. Core
Core Component Area Option 1 Select a course from the Component Area Option section of the Core Curriculum. Core
13 Program Semester Hours
ACHIEVEMENT: Completion of Associate of Arts degree
Total Program Hours 60

AttentionStudents must visit with an advisor when they have completed 30 hours toward the degree plan (typically the end of the second semester).

Marketable Skills

  • Critical Thinking Skills
  • Communication Skills
  • Teamwork
  • Personal Responsibility
  • Social Responsibility
  • Effective writing and sign language skills
  • Critically read and examine complex texts
  • Ability to proofread and edit manuscripts
  • Ability to work independently and with others
  • Ability to understand the world from multiple points of view
  • Knowledge of the structure and content of another language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition and grammar; as well as transference of that knowledge to other languages
  • Ability to understand information and ideas presented through sign language
  • Read and understand information and ideas presented in sign language
  • Understand the implications of new information for both current and future problem solving and decision-making
  • Select and use training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching sign language

Transfer Information

A.A. Foreign Language – American Sign Language degree provides a pathway to transfer to a four-year college or university where students can earn a baccalaureate degree. Students are strongly encouraged to select a transfer destination by the time they have completed 30 semester credit hours. Students should consult with their chosen transfer institution regarding recommended courses that will transfer and be applied to their baccalaureate degree program.

Blinn College Transfer Resources:

Transfer Your Degree

Transfer to a College or University

Articulation Agreements