American Sign Language, AA

Program Description

The Associate of Arts in American Sign Language (ASL) is stacked within the BA in ASL/English Interpreting and is designed for students that have an interest in learning and improving their conversational skills in ASL. Courses are designed to develop vocabulary and communication ability. While all students will gain foundational knowledge in ASL, some may decide to continue on to complete the BA in ASL/English Interpreting and others who select a different major may also find value in the ability to communicate in ASL in a variety of other career options. This degree is also designed to better facilitate transfer students completing an Associates degree elsewhere to know what content is required at this level so they can move seamlessly into our BA program.

Admission Requirements

Students can begin taking the required courses for the AA in American Sign Language in one of two ways:

  1. By beginning with any of the lower division courses (ASL 1010, 1020, 2010, or 2020--the first class depends on a student's background in ASL). Students who begin with 1020, 2010, or 2020 may receive vertical credits for the lower classes, if needed, according to policy. ASL 1500 and ASL 2000 are not eligible for vertical credits.
  2. By taking the courses in sequence.

Program Curriculum

60 credits

Utah Tech General Education Requirements

All Utah Tech General Education requirements must be fulfilled. A previously earned degree may fulfill those requirements, but courses must be equivalent to Utah Tech's minimum General Education standards in American Institutions, English, and Mathematics.

General Education Core Requirements
American Institutions3-6
Life Sciences3-10
Physical Sciences3-5
Fine Arts3
Social & Behavioral Sciences3
Exploration 3-5
Associate of Arts: Foreign Language Requirement3-8
Complete one of the following:
- Complete 8 credits numbered 1000 or above in a single foreign language, through earned credit (grade C or higher), credit by examination, or vertical credit from the courses listed on the GE Foreign Language Requirement page 1
- Complete a 1020 or higher foreign language course listed below (grade C or higher)
- Receive 8 FLATS exam credits for FLAT 1000
- Receive 8 transfer credits GEFL 1000 (grade C or higher) in a language not currently taught at Utah Tech
Available only to students who are nonnative English speakers, complete one of the following:
- Complete 8 credits of ESL courses listed below (grade B or higher)
- Submit one of the following test scores required for unconditional Utah Tech admission: TOEFL (61 iBT, 173 CBT, or 500 PBT); or Michigan (70); or USU-IELE equivalent score. Other tests may be accepted for admission to Utah Tech but will not fulfill this requirement. Official scores must be submitted to the Registrar’s Office.

ASL Program Requirements

ASL 1010Beginning American Sign Language I (ALCI)4
ASL 1020Beginning American Sign Language II (FL, ALCI)4
ASL 1500Introduction to Deaf Culture3
ASL 2000Fingerspelling and Numbers in American Sign Language2
ASL 2010Intermediate American Sign Language I (ALCI)4
ASL 2020Intermediate American Sign Language II (ALCI)4
Complete courses in ENGL, COMM, THEA, or approved elective credits9
Total Hours30

Graduation Requirements

  1. Complete a minimum of 60 college-level credits (1000 and above).
  2.  Complete the Utah Tech General Education requirements.
  3. Cumulative GPA 2.0 or higher.
  4. Grade B or higher in each Core Discipline and Emphasis course.