American Sign Language (ASL)

Program Information

American Sign Language (ASL) is a visual/gestural language and the third most common language used in America. There are 25 million people in America who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing. Those Deaf people who are involved in Deaf Culture use ASL to communicate with one another. ASL has its own grammatical structure, syntax and rules. It cannot be compared to English. ASL is a vibrant and expressive language that allows the people who use it in their daily lives to communicate about philosophy, politics, social issues and many more subjects, much like the way hearing people use and function in their everyday life with their primary language.

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American Sign Language
Shoreline Community College
16101 Greenwood Avenue N
Shoreline, WA 98133-5696
Richard Jacobs
Office 5318
Phone 206-546-4647

Advantages of Learning ASL

Learning ASL will increase your kinetic skills and create new neural pathways. This coordination between the body and brain will develop your visual acuity and observational skills. You will recognize subtle nonverbal behaviors that most hearing people overlook because they are relying on sounds and tones to interpret the emotional connotations of an interaction.

Some of you will encounter a Deaf person in your work environment or become friends with someone who is Deaf. Learning ASL will allow you to communicate with confidence, so that you do not have to experience the awkwardness of not knowing what to do in this situation. Most people who learn ASL are able to participate in Deaf social events and are warmly welcomed into the Deaf Community

Transfer Degree: Associate of Arts Degree

Designed to provide students with a broad liberal arts background of study during their first and second years of college with an emphasis on American Sign Language. The state's two-year and four-year schools developed transfer agreements that allow students from a community college to transfer at least 90 credits (60 semester credits) to a four-year college or university. The degrees satisfy some - or all - general requirements for a bachelor's degree.


As a student at SCC, you will have the opportunity interact directly with our outstanding, award-winning faculty who are interested in your education goals. Our faculty are available to answer your questions. 

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