Career & Technical Education > American Sign Language

General Information

I. Catalog Course Description

Examines segments of the history of deaf people and the deaf community, as well as the deaf experience from a historical perspective.

II: Course Objectives

At the conclusion of this course, students will be able to demonstrate the following knowledge:

  • The major historical events impacting Deaf people
  • Causes of deafness
  • Early to Present methods for education Deaf people
  • Associations for the Deaf
  • Issues within the Deaf Community historically including intermarriage, peddling, interpreters
  • Methodologies and Languages used within the community
  • Major events impacting the community that occurred between 1890’s and today, with emphasis on each decade
  • Technology advancements as well as service provided to the Deaf
  • Understanding laws and research that impact the Deaf Community
  • Understand the importance of cultural traditions, diversity and ethics in the modern world
  • Understand and apply social science principles, including an appreciation of participation in civic affairs
  • Have problem solving, creative and critical thinking skills
  • Knowledge of agencies and services available for the Deaf
  • Acquiring effective and efficient learning skills, including the location and evaluation of information

III: Course Linkage

The General Education Mission is to provide a core of critical life skills. AM 154 addresses four specific General Education Student Learning Objectives from all four major areas:


  • Students will leave the course with fluency in American Sign Language which will enhance their ability to communicate with members of general society that are Deaf and/or users of American Sign Language.
  • Understand how to best communicate with persons who use sign language and those who have various levels of hearing.


  • During this course, students will enhance their ability to analyze both English and American Sign Language from a linguistic, as well as cultural perspective.

Personal Development

  • Demonstrate ability to interact with those who have a different cultural and language background.
  • Throughout the course students will be demonstrating applied knowledge, personal skills development in both languages and apply current research to their daily professional and personal interactions.

Community Commitment

  • Students in this course will be asked to participate in many cultural and community events, thus demonstrating their enhanced knowledge of the Deaf Community and its corresponding language, American Sign Language.
  • Understand the diverse needs of persons who are deaf, hard of hearing, or deafened.
  • Use information presented in class to facilitate equal access communication opportunities for members of the deaf community

Scheduled AM-254 classes:

Fall 2019