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American Sign Language

What Is American Sign Language?

Perimeter College offers beginning through intermediate level classes in American Sign Language (ASL). Students on a guided pathway in American Sign Language can earn an Associate of Arts degree. American Sign Language is the third most studied world language in the United States and can be a valuable asset as a secondary skill for employment.

Why Study American Sign Language?

Learning a new language can expand a student’s thinking, perspective and opportunities. Perimeter College’s guided pathway in American Sign Language prepares students for transfer to baccalaureate programs in interpreting, education or social service.

A note on pathways: A pathway is an advising guide to help students prepare for their intended bachelor’s degree major. By following the course of study outlined in the appropriate Associate of Arts or Associate of Science pathway, students will have the necessary prerequisite courses to continue in their chosen disciplines. A pathway is not a major and will not be represented on the diploma.

Visit Perimeter College’s American Sign Language website.

For information about required courses in the Sign Language Interpreting major, view the Bachelor’s Level Undergraduate Catalog.

Areas A-E of the Core Curriculum (42 hours) Area F: Courses Appropriate to the Pathway (18 hours)

  1. Required Courses (unless used to satisfy Area C requirements) (9):
    • ASL 1002 Elementary American Sign Language II (3)
    • ASL 2001 Intermediate American Sign Language I (3)
    • ASL 2002 Intermediate American Sign Language II (3)
  2. Select from the following to complete 18 hours in Area F:
    • ANTH 2020 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (3)
    • ASL 1001 Elementary American Sign Language I (3)
    • EDUC 2110 Investigating Issues in Education (3)
    • EDUC 2120 Exploring Socio-Cultural Perspectives on Diversity in Educational Contexts (3)
    • EDUC 2130 Exploring Teaching and Learning (3)
    • PHIL 2030 Introduction to Ethics (3)
    • SCOM 2900 Intercultural Communication (3)
    • SOCI 1101 Introduction to Sociology (3)
    • SOCI 1160 Introduction to Social Problems (3)
    • SW 2000 Introduction to Social Work (3)
    • THEA 2210 Beginning Acting or THEA 1610 Voice & Articulation
For the latest information about required courses in the American Sign Language pathway, view the Associate Level Undergraduate Catalog.

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