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American Sign Language & Deaf Studies

Don’t Ignore the Signs… Gain New Skills and Opportunities with the ASL Program

American Sign Language (ASL) is a language that uses signs made with the hands and other movements, including facial expressions and body posture, to communicate. The academic programs offered at Sinclair are designed to give you a basic understanding of the deaf culture, while also giving you practical experience in the field.

This program might be for you if:

  • You enjoy helping people learn and understand.
  • You are nterested in learning more about education, deaf culture and interpretation skills.
  • You would like to work in a service industry.

There is a wealth of opportunities available to you once you have completed the certificate or degree program in ASL. Not only are there positions available for full-time interpreters, but our programs can supplement any other degree program, especially those that involve communication.

In addition, there are many employers that understand how valuable this second language can be for their business. Even by taking a few sign language classes, you can have the opportunity to experience the deaf culture in Dayton, Ohio and provide a valuable service in our community and beyond.

Degree Programs

American Sign Language Interpreting for the Deaf - Associate of Applied Science

The American Sign Language Interpreting for the Deaf (ASLID) program provides the unique opportunity for students to develop a solid foundation in language, linguistics, culture and interpretation and to master the skills necessary to successfully function as an interpreter for deaf, hard of hearing, and deaf-blind individuals in a variety of educational and community settings. Students will gain rich insights into the American deaf community, their beliefs, values, history, rights and cultural norms. A grade of "C" or better is required in all ASL courses.

Interested in learning more about this degree program?

Program Accreditation Information
This program holds accreditation by the Ohio Department of Education. Graduates are eligible to apply for the Interpreter for the Hearing Impaired Five-Year Associate Licensure.


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Transfer Opportunities

Make the most of your education by starting at Sinclair Community College. Our quality programs and low tuition make it a great place to start even if you intend to further your education beyond an associate degree or certificate. You would be surprised at the money you could save by completing your first two years of study at Sinclair—just take a look at our low tuition and see the savings for yourself. You can also learn more by visiting Sinclair’s Transfer Web site »

Articulation & Transfer Agreements

Sinclair works directly with many four-year schools in Ohio and beyond to ensure the college credit you earn will transfer easily to those schools. By developing articulation agreements, formal agreements between colleges detailing the recognition of college credit between the schools, you will know you are meeting the requirements needed at the four-year school of your choice. Learn more about articulation and transfer »

American Sign Language Agreements

Sinclair Community College has worked to develop program-specific agreements to assist you in a more seamless process when transferring from a specific Sinclair degree program to a bachelor’s degree program in the same area of study.

Programs & Articulation Agreements

American Sign Language, A.A.S.

Articulation agreements in place for transfer to:

  • Wright State University (Sign Language Interpreting

Transferring Individual Classes

In addition to transferring with a degree, college credit for many courses, including those in the American Sign Language and related areas, are accepted at other colleges and universities. Learn more about course equivalency »

General Agreements

While at Sinclair, if you plan to complete any associate degree program, there are agreements in place to help you easily transfer into a variety of bachelor’s degree completion programs.

Your transfer opportunities
may include:

  • Antioch University McGregor
  • Franklin University
  • Kaplan University
  • Ohio Dominican University
  • Ohio University
  • Purdue University
  • Strayer University
  • Wilberforce University
  • Wright State University
  • and more…

View articulation agreements »

Ohio Transfer Module

The Associate of Arts and the Associate of Science degree programs fulfill the requirements for the Ohio Transfer Module at other public colleges and universities. Students in applied associate degree programs may complete some individual transfer module courses within their degree program or continue beyond their program to complete the entire transfer module.

Upon completion of the Ohio Transfer Module, students will be able to enter most Ohio four-year colleges and universities as a junior with your general education requirements completed. Find out more about the Ohio Transfer Module…

Please Note: Sinclair continues to work with other colleges and universities to provide more opportunities through new articulation and transfer agreements. Please consult with an academic advisor for the most up-to-date information.

Related Programs

Sinclair Community College offers a wide variety of certificate and degree programs. With so many to choose from, we are sure that you can find a program that suits your needs. If you are interested in service and language-related academic opportunities, you might also be interested in learning more about these programs at Sinclair: