American Sign Language

Students who plan to follow a major pathway that requires two or four semesters of a second language at any of the state universities are able to complete the language requirement, using ASL, at SCC for SLG 101/102 and 201/202 at CGCC, GCC, MCC, and PC. Students working toward their pathway will earn the Associate of Arts, which prepares them for transfer to a four year program.

The credits that are earned for American Sign Language will count as elective credits in the Associate of Arts degree, so students can earn anywhere from 4-16 credits of elective credit, depending on their proficiency placement.

Students planning to major in American Sign Language have the opportunity to gain proficiency in the language, and are exposed to the American Sign Language culture.

Students who wish to major in a field that requires two to four semesters of language, and wish to use American Sign Language as their second language requirement earn the Associate of Arts, which prepares them for transfer to a four-year program. If students follow the correct transfer path, they enter transfer partner universities as junior. Courses are available in-person (day and evening) and online.

The minimum time to complete the Associate of Art degree is four full-time (15-16 credit hours) semesters for students who have no pre-existing college credit.

Currently, the program cost for an Associate of Art degree is approximately $5,288. This includes tuition and course fees for American Sign Language courses. Books and course fees in other classes are not calculated.

Program Code

8400 Pre-Majors/Transfer Degree Associate in Arts (AA)

Other programs within the Maricopa College District:

Program Curriculum

  • Mapping scheduled for 2018-19 academic year

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Program Contacts

Albert Shank, Program Director and Advisor
Office: LC-318
Phone: (480) 425-6701

Department Office
Office: LC-305
Phone: (480) 423-6459
Fax: (480) 423-6469

Transfer Options

Arizona State University 

Northern Arizona University

  • Any majors that have 2 or 4 semester language requirements.

University of Arizona

  • Any majors that have 2 or 4 semester language requirements
  • U of A also has several programs in deaf studies related to ASL. It is recommended that if you are interested in those programs, to contact an academic advisor.

While students may also choose to transfer to out-of-state programs, we do not have transfer partnerships with those programs. Connect with your transfer destination to determine which courses can be taken at SCC and other Maricopa Colleges.

Career Outlook

Students who complete their university language requirements are prepared to: communicate at either a basic or intermediate level in the American Sign Language language and have a general knowledge of culture within the American Sign Language world.

Careers that include languages:

  • foreign correspondent or media professional
  • foreign service officer
  • health professional
  • law and immigration professional
  • intelligence officer
  • international banking and finance professional
  • international business
  • language teacher
  • multilingual administrative professional
  • NGO professional
  • professor of language, literature and culture
  • social services professional
  • translator or interpreter
  • travel professional

Career fields in which knowledge of diverse languages and cultures is valuable include:

  • advertising, marketing or communications
  • airline industry
  • film, television or multimedia
  • hospitality industry
  • hotel and resort management
  • intelligence
  • international law
  • international education and study abroad administration
  • military
  • ministry

Students who complete this degree program may be prepared for the following careers. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions. Career examples include but are not limited to:

Career Growth* Median Salary*
Area, Ethnic, and Cultural Studies Teachers, Postsecondary 10.5% $72,230
Secondary School Teachers 7.5% $59,170
Interpreters and Translators 17.7% $47,190
Postsecondary Foreign Language and Literature Teachers 11.9% $65,010

*Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).