Bakersfield College

American Sign Language

Associate in Arts

The major in American Sign Language provides a linguistic and grammatical study of the language and an in-depth look into the culture of deaf people. The objective of the program is to provide students with a foundation for achieving fluency and the opportunity to transfer to a four-year institution. With additional training, employment opportunities include interpreting, teaching and social service. If transferring to an institution other than UC or CSU, students should check with the receiving institution to ensure transferability of ASL courses as foreign language credit.

  • To Achieve the Associate in Arts
    Upon completion of the following courses with at least a ‘C’ grade in each course, the student will be awarded an American Sign Language Associate in Arts.
  • To Transfer Coursework
    A minimum of 20 semester units in the major with a grade of ‘C’ or better while maintaining a minimum grade point average of at least 2.0 in all California State University transferable coursework.
  • Program Learning Outcomes
    Upon successful completion, the student will
    • demonstrate the ability to use and recognize specific language elements in the use of a language. 
    • demonstrate an understanding of, and an ability to describe, the ways in which foreign languages reflect historical and cultural contexts.
    • transmit a comprehensive knowledge of the cultural heritage being studied.
    • differentiate and analyze an understanding of the diversity of human expression.

Total Units: 20


Required Courses:

Course Number Course Title Units
ASL B1 American Sign Language 1 4.0
ASL B2 American Sign Language 2 4.0
ASL B3 American Sign Language 3 4.0
ASL B4 American Sign Language 4 4.0

Other Suggested Courses

Course Number Course Title Units
ASL B6 American Deaf Culture 3.0
ASL B7 American Sign Language Literature 3.0

**The courses and unit values on this page are representative of the typical values and courses required by this program. They are taken from the most current catalog, and therefore may not be accurate for the degree or certificate requirements for some students, depending on your year of catalog rights. Please refer to your appropriate catalog or see a counselor for accurate degree requirements.


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