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Do you love languages? Do you love meeting and interacting with individuals from the Deaf or nonverbal communities? If so, you should consider Anne Arundel Community College’s American Sign Language (ASL) Program. ASL is the natural language of the Deaf and has also been proven beneficial for those with autism, delayed language development or brain injury.  It’s an asset in any discipline. At AACC, you’ll learn this beautiful language from native signers. You’ll attend local Deaf events to have the crucial opportunity to practice your skills regularly as well. By the time you finish our program, you’ll be well-prepared to transfer to a four-year college or university of your choosing.


Transfer Degrees

The World Languages department is proud to offer the following Associate of Arts (A.A.) in this area of study. As an additional transfer option, AACC has the unique, Transfer Studies degree. Both degrees will prepare you to transfer to a four-year institution. Whichever you choose, we strongly encourage you to meet with an advisor to structure your AACC studies to meet your specific transfer goals.

American Sign Language, Arts and Science Transfer, A.A.

You’ll gain a strong foundation in ASL, learning how to adhere to correct linguistic structures and cultural norms. You’ll study Deaf history and culture, with plenty of opportunities to meet and communicate with the local Deaf community.

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Transfer Studies, A.A.

The Transfer Studies, A.A. allows you to explore different subjects or concentrate on a specific course plan that will best meet your in-state (and even some out-of-state) transfer goals. This option is particularly good if you are undecided in your ultimate career direction, not sure where you'd like to eventually transfer or just looking to complete general education requirements while "testing the waters" of a particular major. No matter what brings you to Transfer Studies, the result is a well-rounded associate degree preparing you for further studies and successful career. 

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What can you do with a degree in American Sign Language?

Many of our students transfer to a four-year school to further their studies in ASL, Interpreting, Deaf Studies or Deaf Education. But ASL is helpful in any career path you choose, allowing you to communicate with the Deaf. With four-year transfer agreements with dozens of colleges and universities in Maryland and beyond, a degree from AACC has never been a better investment. For outlook information about specific careers, visit the Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook (sponsored by the Bureau of Labor Statistics), and check out AACC’s Career Coach to discover the perfect career for you.