American Sign Language (ASL) & Deaf Studies

Help bridge the communication gap between the hearing and Deaf communities. Learn how to use American Sign Language (ASL) to communicate with an Associate of Arts (AA) in ASL and Deaf Studies. At Front Range Community College, we have decades of experience teaching students how to sign. In addition, our supportive professors will teach you how to navigate and respect Deaf culture.

With your AA degree, you can begin the journey to becoming an interpreter or use your skills in your future field. You'll be able to transfer to a four-year university to earn a bachelor's degree and continue your studies. You'll then qualify to take the National Interpreter Certification (NIC) exam. Get the foundation for this fulfilling and important career at FRCC.

Why Study American Sign Language & Deaf Studies at Front Range Community College?

FRCC has more than 40 years of experience teaching students about ASL and Deaf culture. Our AA in ASL and Deaf Studies is an ideal place to begin your journey to learn the language and even become an interpreter. You'll practice signing, increase your vocabulary and immerse yourself in Deaf culture. Our expert faculty will give you the skills and knowledge you need to use ASL confidently.

Preparation to Become an Interpreter

To become a certified interpreter, you must have a bachelor's degree. FRCC's transfer agreement with the University of Northern Colorado (UNC) can help you meet this goal. Once you earn your AA in ASL and Deaf Studies, you can transfer to UNC's bachelor's in ASL-English Interpreting Studies (ASLEI) program. You'll be ready to enter the ASLEI program at UNC the summer following your FRCC graduation. By earning your AA first, you'll benefit from FRCC's resources and save money with our lower tuition rates.

By graduating from the UNC program, you will qualify for the NIC exam. Once you are certified, you can become an entry-level sign language interpreter in community or educational settings.

Your classes may also qualify for other sign language interpreting programs around the country. Read our ASL-English Interpreting Preparation FAQs.

Many Career Applications

Not all of our students choose to pursue ASL-English interpreting. Instead, many use their AA degree to help them interact with the Deaf community in their careers and personal lives. You can also use the AA degree to work directly with Deaf children and adults as a signing paraprofessional in a K-12 school. You can also become a direct service provider who can sign directly with Deaf clients.

Degree Details

AA in American Sign Language (ASL) & Deaf Studies

Program Locations: Westminster Campus

Total Credits: 60 credits (4 semesters)

Gain a basic understanding of ASL and learn about Deaf culture. Your studies will prepare you to transfer to a four-year university to earn your bachelor's degree in ASL interpretation. You may have to take introductory ASL courses depending on your proficiency level.

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Transfer Option

With this degree you can enter as a junior majoring in ASL-English Interpreting Studies (ASLEI) at the University of Northern Colorado (UNC).

Be sure to talk with an advisor when selecting your courses to ensure you will complete your degree on time with the classes you need.

Careers & Outcomes

Your degree program in ASL and Deaf Studies can open doors for a career in several fields that can use your language skills. Although some careers may require bachelor's and graduate degrees, you'll get a strong foundation with a degree from FRCC.