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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. At AACC, you’ll learn this beautiful language from native signers. You’ll attend local Deaf events to practice your skills regularly. By the time you finish our program, you’ll be well-prepared to transfer to a four-year college or university of your choosing.

Career Degrees

AACC offers the following Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degrees. The state of Maryland refers to the A.A.S. as a career degree, because it's intended to provide you with skills to enter the workforce. In some cases, AACC has entered into transfer agreements that allow these degrees to transfer to select colleges. A list of active agreements may be found on this website. You can also learn more about transferring from AACC to continue your education.

American Sign Language (A.A.)

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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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.

American Sign Language, A.A.

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:

  • American Sign Language
  • 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.

Related Studies

If American Sign Language sounds appealing, but you'd like to compare it to other AACC offerings, check out one of these related studies!


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