American Sign Language Associate Degree and Certificate of Achievement

American Sign Language Programs

Berkeley City College’s ASL Program enables students to acquire the communicative competence in ASL and the cultural sensitivity needed to interact successfully with members of the American Deaf community. American Sign Language (ASL) is the fourth most used language in the United States. It is the major language that the American Deaf population uses.
Students who will benefit from this program include the following: those who wish to expand their language skills and cultural knowledge to enhance other majors (e.g., interpreting, education, social work, and psychology); those who need to fulfill a university foreign language requirement; parents of deaf children; and deafened adults. Students will develop skills which will also make them more marketable to potential employers who encounter the Deaf.

American Sign Language Associate Degree and Certificate of Achievement*

Required Courses Units
ASL 50 American Sign Language I 4
ASL 51 American Sign Language II 4
ASL 52 American Sign Language III 4
ASL 53 American Sign Language IV 4
ASL 55A History and Culture of Deaf
People in America I
3
ASL 55B History and Culture of Deaf
People in America II
3
ASL 57 Structure of American Sign
Language
3
ASL 200B Classifiers II 2
ASL 202B Finger spelling and Numbers II 1
ASL 464 Occupational Work Experience in American Sign Language 2
*Major Requirements 30
General Education and Electives 30
Total 60

*For the Certificate of Achievement, students must complete the 30 units of required courses. For the Associate Degree, students must complete the 30 units of required courses plus 30 units of General Education requirements and elective courses.

Program Learning Outcomes

Students who complete the program will be
able to:

  • Demonstrate expressive competence in ASL.
  • Demonstrate receptive competence in ASL.
  • Demonstrate awareness of and respect for the language, history and culture of Deaf people, including their values, beliefs, and customs.
  • Demonstrate appropriate cultural behavior at events where a majority of attendees are 56 Deaf people and ASL native signers, e.g. school, club, organization, etc.

Recommended Course Sequence

You can use the following pattern to complete an Associate in Arts degree or a Certificate of Achievement in American Sign Language. This is only one possible pattern. If you wish to earn an associate degree or certificate, you must participate in the Student Success Program (Matriculation), which includes assessing academic skills and developing a Student Education Plan (SEP) with a Counselor. This plan will map your sequence of courses to help you complete your degree regardless of the semester you begin classes.

Course Units
1st Semester/Fall
ASL 50 American Sign Language I 4
ASL 55A History and Culture of Deaf People in America I 3
General Education or Elective classes for AA 8
Total 15
2nd Semester/Spring
ASL 51 American Sign Language II 4
General Education or Elective classes for AA 11
Total 15
Summer Session
ASL 200A Classifiers I 2
ASL 202A Finger spelling and Numbers I 1
Total 3
3rd Semester/Fall
ASL 52 American Sign Language III 4
ASL 57 Structure of American Sign Language 3
ASL 202B Finger spelling and Numbers II 1
General Education or Elective classes for AA 7
Total 15
4th Semester/Spring
ASL 53 American Sign Language IV 4
ASL 55B History and Culture of Deaf People in America II 3
ASL 200B Classifiers II 2
ASL 464 Occupational Work Experience in American Sign Language 2
General Education or Elective classes for AA 4
Total 15

*ASL 200A (Classifiers I, 2 Units) and ASL 202A (Finger spelling and Numbers I, 1 Unit) are optional classes.