Bakersfield College

American Sign Language

American Sign Language Associate of Arts Degree

The major in American Sign Language provides a linguistic exploration of the various components of ASL and an in-depth examination of 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.

The AA degree is designed to provide students with multiple career pathways including interpreting, social services, and teaching, among others.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, the student will:

  • communicate clearly and effectively in ASL, expressing and recognizing specific manual and non-manual language elements.
  • share critical insight into the nature of language and culture through continued participation in the deaf community.
  • Employ video technology for self-, peer-, and mentor-feedback for ongoing skills development, assessment, and communication.
  • produce college level American Sign Language and English texts demonstrating knowledge of, and critical inquiry into, key concepts or issues in American Sign Language, the Deaf Community, and Deaf Culture.

To Transfer Coursework

A minimum of 19 semester uynits 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.

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 Animal Science Associate in Arts.

Total Units: 19

Required Courses

Course # Name 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

Select 3 units from the following

Course # Name Units
ASL B6 American Sign Language 6 3.0
ASL B7 American Sign Language 7 3.0
Category Units
Units in Major 19.0
CSU GE Breadth 39.0-41.0
Possible double counting of GE's 8.0-12.0
Degree Total 60.0