American Sign Language (ASL) is the third most widely used language in America. ASL is a visual-gestural-kinesthetic language used by members of the deaf community in North America and in varying degrees in many other locations. ASL is not based on spoken English. It has its own grammar, idioms, historical contexts and cultural nuances.
Through this program, you can develop the necessary communication skills to interact with people who are deaf. Upon completion of the three courses, participants will be able to:
Exchange basic information about themselves and their families
Give directions and make requests
Describe places, objects and events
Talk about people and places
Tell about past events
These courses are offered in partnership with Sacramento State’s Department of Special Education, Rehabilitation and School Psychology.
May fulfill foreign language graduation requirements (check with your institution)
Earn units of academic credit from Sacramento State
Enhance marketability as an employee
Network with members of the deaf community
Obtain a solid foundation for the pursuit of additional ASL training
Anyone interested in learning American Sign Language
High school, community college or university level students needing to fulfill a foreign language requirement
Individuals who work or interact with members of the deaf community
Online courses are offered every spring and fall.
The program consists of two courses for a total of six (6) units of academic credit. DEAF 51 and 52 are delivered online. The two courses can be completed within one year. Each course builds upon its prerequisite and participants will not be able to advance to the next level without taking the courses in the following order:
DEAF 51 – American Sign Language 1 (3 units)
DEAF 52 – American Sign Language 2 (3 units)