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Liberal Arts and Sciences: American Sign Language Track

The Degree

Associate in Arts (A.A.)

The Outlook

Take the first steps toward a career that centers on applying American Sign Language to your everyday occupation. Discovering FLCC's ASL track gives you the preparation you'll need when seeking future transfer opportunities into an ASL or related four-year degree program.

The Program

A liberal arts degree provides you with the skills that are in demand in the workforce. The flexibility of the degree allows you to take your career path in directions that are diverse and exciting. The skills employers say they are seeking the most when hiring are written communication and critical thinking, both of which you will develop in your studies in FLCC's A.A. or A.S. liberal arts programs.

Currently the third most studied language on college campuses, American Sign Language is a growing language in Rochester, NY and surrounding areas. With FLCC's ASL track program, combined with a four-year degree in ASL or a related area, you'll gain the education and applicable skills necessary for seeking career opportunities that apply this language.

Upon earning your liberal arts degree with a track in ASL, you'll have the opportunity to explore baccalaureate programs such as ASL-English interpretation, deaf studies, and linguistics.

Honors Courses

If you have demonstrated outstanding academic ability, you will have the opportunity to take honors courses at FLCC that provide enhanced educational experiences. If you are a qualified student in this degree program or are a qualified student from another program, enrolling in honors courses is open to you. Successful completion of honors courses or an honors certificate may increase your transfer options to four-year institutions.

Online Learning

The A.A. liberal arts and sciences degree program at FLCC is conveniently accessible on the internet and is offered at least 50 percent online. For more information on FLCC's online learning programs, contact the Office of Online Learning at (585)785-1303 or visit the College's Online Degree Programs page.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this degree program, students will have the ability to:

  • Demonstrate proficiency in writing at the college level.
  • Develop proficiency in oral discourse.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in critical thinking.
  • Develop the ability to use computer technology for research and production.
  • Recognize the knowledge, skills, and values that will contribute to involvement in one's community.
  • Identify the knowledge and skills necessary to live interdependently in a diverse, sustainable global community.
  • Demonstrate the ability to comprehend, interpret, analyze, and evaluate college-level materials.

Scholarships

FLCC offers the American Sign Language scholarship to qualified candidates who are in the ASL track program. To qualify, in addition to carrying a minimum 3.0 grade point average in your ASL coursework, you must complete ASL 201 and be enrolled in ASL 202. To inquire about this scholarship, contact ASL coordinator Delia Ackerman–Darnall at (585)785-1362 or Delia.AckermanDarnall@flcc.edu.

The Graduates

For graduates of the ASL track program, advanced degree options are offered in ASL and related programs at institutions such as:

  • Keuka College
  • Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT)/National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID)
  • University of Rochester
  • University of Buffalo

The Faculty

Professors in the ASL track program hold their bachelor's and master's degrees in ASL, deaf studies and linguistics. They have also earned additional national certification from the American Sign Language Teacher's Association (ASLTA). ASL faculty is committed to the culture and community of ASL users, and often are Deaf community members themselves.