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American Sign Language

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Bring Two Worlds Together

Stimulate your brain while helping others understand what’s happening around them. There are millions of people in the U.S. who are deaf or hard of hearing, and you can help them know what’s going on. If you plan to go into education, social work, healthcare, politics, or anywhere with a diverse group of people, knowing American Sign Language (ASL) will be a welcomed relief to Deaf people, immediately putting them at ease. 

LASC does not currently offer a degree or certificate in American Sign Language, but we do offer three courses that are also transferrable to UCs and CSUs to meet your language requirement to pursue your bachelor’s degree. Knowing this language enhances any career. With its conveniences in conversing in loud rooms and while on phone calls, you will soon find it being a language you can’t imagine living without!

Careers Involving American Sign Language 

Being an interpreter is not the only career choice if you decide to pursue studying ASL at a four-year university or beyond. Knowing ASL is just as beneficial in life as it will be in your career, as you’ll be able to help people when others can’t.

Here are just a few careers and their salaries you could have with a background in American Sign Language:

Career information below taken from bls.gov December 2019. Go to bls.gov for most current career information.

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Data for Los Angeles/Long Beach/Anaheim

Typical Education Level: Salary: Hourly Median Wage:
Bachelor’s Degree $54,850/year $26.37/hour
Work Experience in a Related Occupation: Job Outlook 2018-2028: Number of Jobs 2018:
None needed
8% increase
(as fast as average)
2,980

 

Respond to emergency calls, performing medical services and transporting patients to medical facilities.

Data for Los Angeles/Long Beach/Anaheim

Typical Education Level: Salary: Hourly Median Wage:
Postsecondary non-degree award $34,300/year $16.49/hour
Work Experience in a Related Occupation: Job Outlook 2018-2028: Number of Jobs 2018:
None needed
1% increase
(little or no change)
6,310

 

Assess, diagnose, treat, and help to prevent communication and swallowing disorders in children and adults.

Data for Los Angeles/Long Beach/Anaheim

Typical Education Level: Salary: Hourly Median Wage:
Master’s Degree $90,680/year $43.60/hour
Work Experience in a Related Occupation: Job Outlook 2018-2028: Number of Jobs 2018:
Internship / Residency
5% increase
(as fast as average)
5,580 

 

Courses offered in American Sign Language at LASC 

LASC offers courses in American Sign Language ranging from introductory to advanced so you can have foundational knowledge of the language and Deaf culture. Go to LASC’s current Course Catalogfor specific course information:

1 American Sign Language I (4) UC:CSU

IGETC Area 6A 
CSUGE Area C2 
Lecture: 4 hours 

This is an introductory course designed to develop basic conversational skills using the manual alphabet and American Sign Language. It is planned to assist in communicating with deaf individuals and have a better understanding of Deaf Culture. This course develops basic vocabulary and grammar of American Sign Language. Its emphasis is placed on comprehension skills and vital aspects of the Deaf Culture and community.

2 American Sign Language II (4) UC:CSU

IGETC Area 6A 
CSUGE Area C2 
Prerequisite: American Sign Language I 
Recommended: English 21 
Lecture:4 hours 

This is an intermediate course designed to develop conversational skills using the manual alphabet and American Sign Language. It is planned to assist in communicating with deaf individuals and have a better understanding of Deaf Culture. This course continues to develop vocabulary and grammar of American Sign Language. Its emphasis is placed on comprehension skills and vital aspects of the Deaf Culture and community.

3 Advanced American Sign Language III (4) UC:CSU 

IGETC Area 3B; 6A
Prerequisite: American Sign Language 2 
Lecture: 4 hours 

This course provides in-depth training in receptive and expressive sign language skills with emphasis upon fluency, precision, and vocabulary building.