American Sign Language

Associate in Arts (A.A.)

The Experience

The Deaf population in the Rochester, NY region is one of the largest in the United States, due in large part to the opening of the National Technical Institute for the Deaf in 1968.

Whether you're interested in working directly with Deaf populations in health care, education, or interpretation, your options are in no way limited. The ability to communicate in more than one language can open the door to jobs you may not have previously considered.

Program Learning Outcomes

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

  • Express themselves clearly in various time frames on familiar topics as well as on some concrete social, academic, and professional topics.
  • Identify the main idea and most supporting details in authentic communicative situations on a variety of topics of personal and general interest, as well as on some topics of global interest.
  • Deliver detailed presentations, usually with accuracy and clarity, on a variety of topics and issues related to community interests and to some special fields of expertise.
  • Explain key perspectives of the target culture within a comparative framework (i.e. comparing target culture to their own or to a series of cultures).
  • Interpret and synthesize ideas and critical issues from a wide range of historical and contemporary cultural artifacts.

Honors Studies

If you're curious and motivated, you may want to explore honors studies courses. They center on reflection and community building and are available to full-time and part-time students in all degree programs. Successful completion of these courses, or earning your Honors Studies certificate or diploma, can increase your transfer options and make you eligible for specific scholarships.

Honors Studies


FLCC offers the American Sign Language scholarship to qualified candidates.

To qualify, you're required to maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA in your ASL coursework, complete ASL 201, and be enrolled in ASL 202.

FLCC Foundation Scholarships


ASL professors hold 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).

They're committed to ASL culture and community, and many are members of the Deaf community themselves.

Transfer Opportunities

Upon graduation, you may wish to explore advanced degree options in ASL-English instruction, Deaf studies, linguistics, etc. at:

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

Career Opportunities

When you become fluent in ASL, you become a highly marketable jobseeker. Employers are on the lookout for candidates like you who will bring a unique skillset to their organization.

Opportunities include:

  • Sign Language Interpreter
  • Sign Language Instructor
  • Social Worker
  • Audiologists
  • Speech Pathologist

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