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American Sign Language Program


Dawnette Reis-Rodriguez

(208) 732-6881

Program Overview

This performance-based visual-gestural language sequence focuses on conversational competence of American Sign Language (ASL), receptive and expressive, in a developmental sequence via the direct interactive method, i.e. without translating to/from a first language. Additional courses address fingerspelling, knowledge of deaf culture and community, creative use of sign language, and completion of General Education core. Videotaping and written assignments assess language proficiency and knowledge of deafness.

Sign language majors pursue baccalaureate degrees in deaf studies, early childhood education, vocational rehabilitation, educational interpreting, and may enter any number of professions including careers in human service, interpreting, education, social service, teaching, and business.

Completion of the following courses is designed to result in an associate degree, and meets the general education requirements at all Idaho public universities. Course selection should be coordinated to meet requirements for your intended transfer institution.

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the American Sign Language program, a student will be able to:

  1. Confidently initiate, elaborate, and engage in ASL conversations that cover a vast array of topics (familiar and some unfamiliar) in a culturally appropriate manner. 
  2. Demonstrate an understanding and appreciation of American Deaf Culture (history, literature, art and common practices/perspectives of Deaf people.
  3. Use ASL to express knowledge in various academic and real-world settings.
  4. Identify commonalities and differences between ASL/ASL Culture and English/Hearing Cultures.
  5. Articulate the value of experiences from events outside the classroom setting, “real-world” experiences.
  6. Describe various career paths that involve ASL and the Deaf community.

Sample Career Opportunities:

  • Interpreters and Translators

*Talk to an advisor for additional career choices