Course Descriptions

ASL 49 – Independent Study in American Sign Language

0.5–5 Units
(GR or P/NP).

Acceptable for credit: CSU
See section on Independent Study. 0850.00
Please note the following for the language
skills courses—

ASL 50, ASL 51, ASL 52, and ASL 53: Two units of credit for Module A will be granted based on students’ demonstrated ability to use formal aspects of the language specifically taught throughout the course. Two units of credit for Module B will be granted based on students’ demonstrated ability to interact effectively, manage conversations, and function appropriately in the culture of the Deaf.

ASL 50, American Sign Language I

4 Units
3 hrs lecture, 3 hrs lab (GR or P/NP).
Course may be offered in two, 2-unit modules (ASL 50A-50B). Students must complete both modules with a grade of C or better to advance to the next level. Course is equivalent to two years of high school study.

Acceptable for credit: UC/CSU
AA/AS area 3; CSU area C2;
IGETC area Language
Introduction to American Sign Language:
Fundamentals of ASL conversation and storytelling; basic information about the Deaf community and Deaf culture. 0850.00

ASL 50A, American Sign Language I (Module A)

2 Units
1.5 hrs lecture, 1.5 hrs lab (GR or P/NP).
ASL 50A plus ASL 50B is equivalent to two years of high school study.

Acceptable for credit: UC/CSU
Must complete both ASL 50A and 50B to receive credit for the following GE areas:
AA/AS area 3; CSU area C2;
IGETC area Language
Introduction to American Sign Language: Fundamentals of ASL conversation and storytelling; basic information about the Deaf community and Deaf culture. 0850.00

ASL 50B, American Sign Language I (Module B)

2 Units
1.5 hrs lecture, 1.5 hrs lab (GR or P/NP).
Prerequisite: ASL 50A. ASL 50A plus ASL 50B is equivalent to two years of high school study.

Acceptable for credit: UC/CSU
Must complete both ASL 50A and 50B to receive credit for the following GE areas:
AA/AS area 3; CSU area C2;
IGETC area Language
Introduction to American Sign Language: Fundamentals of ASL conversation and storytelling; basic information about the Deaf community and Deaf Culture. 0850.00

ASL 51, American Sign Language II

4 Units
3 hrs lecture, 3 hrs lab (GR or P/NP).
Prerequisite: ASL 50 or 50B.
Course may be offered in two, 2-unit modules (ASL 51A-51B).
Students must complete both modules with a grade of C or better to advance to the next level.

Acceptable for credit: UC/CSU
AA/AS area 3; CSU area C2;
IGETC area Language
Continuation of American Sign Language:
Fundamentals of ASL conversation and storytelling; basic information about the Deaf community and Deaf Culture. 0850.00

ASL 51A , American Sign Language II (Module A)

2 Units
1.5 hrs lecture, 1.5 hrs lab (GR or P/NP).
Prerequisite: ASL 50 or 50B.

Acceptable for credit: UC/CSU
Must complete both ASL 51A and 51B to receive credit for the following GE areas:
AA/AS area 3; CSU area C2;
IGETC area Language
Continuation of American Sign Language:
Fundamentals of ASL conversation and storytelling; basic information about the Deaf community and Deaf Culture. 0850.00

ASL 51B , American Sign Language II (Module B)

2 Units
1.5 hrs lecture, 1.5 hrs lab (GR or P/NP).
Prerequisite: ASL 51A.

Acceptable for credit: UC/CSU
Must complete both ASL 51A and 51B to receive credit for the following GE areas:
AA/AS area 3; CSU area C2;
IGETC area Language
Continuation of American Sign Language:
Fundamentals of ASL conversation and storytelling; basic information about the Deaf community and Deaf Culture. 0850.00

ASL 52, American Sign Language III

4 Units
3 hrs lecture, 3 hrs lab (GR or P/NP).
Prerequisite: ASL 51 or 51B. Course may be
offered in two, 2-unit modules (ASL 52A-52B).
Students must complete both modules with a grade of C or better to advance to the next level.

Acceptable for credit: UC/CSU
AA/AS area 3; CSU area C2;
IGETC area Language
Continuation of American Sign Language:
Expanded study of Sign Language with emphasis on conversation skills and storytelling; continued expansion of knowledge of Deaf culture and Deaf community. 0850.00

ASL 52A, American Sign Language III (Module A)

2 Units
1.5 hrs lecture, 1.5 hrs lab (GR or P/NP).
Prerequisite: ASL 51 or 51B.

Acceptable for credit: UC/CSU
Must complete both ASL 52A and 52B to receive credit for the following GE areas:
AA/AS area 3; CSU area C2;
IGETC area Language
Continuation of American Sign Language:
Expanded study of Sign Language with emphasis on conversation skills and storytelling; continued expansion of knowledge of Deaf culture and Deaf community. 0850.00

ASL 52B, American Sign Language III (Module B)

2 Units
1.5 hrs lecture, 1.5 hrs lab (GR or P/NP).
Prerequisite: ASL 52A.

Acceptable for credit: UC/CSU
Must complete both ASL 52A and 52B to receive credit for the following GE areas:
AA/AS area 3; CSU area C2;
IGETC area Language
Continuation of American Sign Language:
Expanded study of Sign Language with emphasis on conversation skills and storytelling; continued expansion of knowledge of Deaf culture and Deaf community. 0850.00

ASL 53, American Sign Language IV

4 Units
3 hrs lecture, 3 hrs lab (GR or P/NP).
Prerequisite: ASL 52 or 52B. Course may be
offered in two 2-unit modules (ASL 53A-53B).
Students must complete both modules with
a grade of C or better to advance to the next
level.

Acceptable for credit: UC/CSU
Continuation of American Sign Language:
Expanded study of Sign Language with emphasis on conversation skills and storytelling; continued expansion of knowledge of Deaf culture and Deaf community. 0850.00

ASL 53A, American Sign Language IV (Module A)

2 Units
1.5 hrs lecture, 1.5 hrs lab (GR or P/NP).
Prerequisite: ASL 52 or 52B.

Acceptable for credit: UC/CSU
Must complete both ASL 53A and 53B to receive credit for the following GE areas:
AA/AS area 3; CSU area C2;
IGETC area Language
Continuation of American Sign Language:
Expanded study of sign language with emphasis on conversation skills and storytelling; continued expansion of knowledge of Deaf culture and Deaf community. 0850.00

ASL 53B, American Sign Language IV (Module B)

2 Units
1.5 hrs lecture, 1.5 hrs lab (GR or P/NP).
Prerequisite: ASL 53A.

Acceptable for credit: UC/CSU
Must complete both ASL 53A and 53B to receive credit for the following GE areas:
AA/AS area 3; CSU area C2;
IGETC area Language
Continuation of American Sign Language:
Expanded study of Sign Language with emphasis on conversation skills and storytelling; continued expansion of knowledge of Deaf culture and Deaf community. 0850.00

ASL 55A, History and Culture of Deaf People in America I

3 Units
3 hrs lecture (GR or P/NP).

Acceptable for credit: UC/CSU
AA/AS area 2; CSU area D;
IGETC area 4
Historical and cultural overview of the American mDeaf community and its language (ASL): Anthropological and sociological theories including discussion of the relationship of language and culturally-determined behaviors; examination of the relationship of American Sign Language to the history of the American Deaf community. 0850.00

ASL 55B, History and Culture of Deaf People in America II

3 Units
3 hrs lecture (GR or P/NP).
Prerequisites: ASL 51 or 51B. Recommended
Preparation: ASL 55A.

Acceptable for credit: UC/CSU.
Continuation of ASL 55A: History, values, and identity as a cultural group as opposed to disabled; analysis of effects of pathological views and actions on Deaf people; educational issues; ASL literature and written literature by Deaf people. Course is taught in American Sign Language. 0850.00

ASL 57, Structure of American Sign Language

3 Units
3 hrs lecture (GR or P/NP).
Prerequisites: ASL 51 or 51B, Course is taught
in American Sign Language.

Acceptable for credit: UC/CSU.
Historical view of changing social attitudes towards American Sign Language:
Phonological, morphological, syntactical parts of ASL; and discussion of other social issues around use of ASL. 0850.00

ASL 200A, Classifiers I

Units
2 hrs lecture (GR or P/NP).
Prerequisite: ASL 50 or 50B.

Introduction to the basic aspects of American Sign Language classifiers. 0850.00

ASL 200B, Classifiers II

2 Units
2 hrs lecture (GR or P/NP).
Prerequisites: ASL 51 or 51B.

>Study of classifier types and functions in American Sign Language:
Identification of various classifiers and their use to enhance and expand storytelling abilities. 0850.00

ASL 202A, Finger spelling and Numbers I

1 Unit
0.5 hrs lecture, 1.5 hrs lab (GR or P/NP).
Prerequisite: ASL 50 or 50B.

Introduction to numerical and finger spelling systems in American Sign Language. 0850.00

ASL 202B, Finger spelling and Numbers II

1 Unit
0.5 hrs lecture, 1.5 hrs lab (GR or P/NP).
Prerequisite: ASL 51 or 51B.

Advanced systematic practice in numerical and finger spelling skills in ASL. 0850.00

ASL 464, Occupational Work Experience in American Sign Language

1–2 Units
Hrs to be arranged (P/NP).
Prerequisite: ASL 52 or 52B.

Acceptable for credit: CSU
Supervised field experience in American Sign
Language: Extension of classroom-based learning at an on-the-job or community location to facilitate development of ASL skills and to provide exposure to Deaf culture. 0850.00