American Sign Language Courses

Please Note: This is a temporary page. CCRI is moving ASL under the Foreign Languages Dept. in the Fall of 2018. Until the 2018-2019 catalog is published, we have created this page to make these course descriptions easier to find.

HMNS 1060 - American Sign Language I (3 Credits)

This is a beginner's course in the sign language of the deaf in the United States. The course equips students with skills that enable communication in American Sign Language, both expressively and receptively. Topics relevant to the use of sign language include: the role of signs in American education of the deaf, the oral vs. manual controversy, the philosophy of total communication and standards and ethics of sign language interpreting. Students are expected to attain competency with 600 common signs and to adhere to acceptable standards in utilizing this skill. *Elective for Liberal Arts. Note: Grade of C or better required for Human Services program students. Lecture: 3 hours

HMNS 1070 - American Sign Language II (3 Credits)

This is an intermediate level course in the sign language of the deaf in the United States. This course concentrates on improving skills acquired in HMNS 1060 and focusing on effective conversational skills, both expressive and receptive. Students are expected to attain competency with 600 signs and a working knowledge of American Sign Language. Elective for Liberal Arts program. (Prerequisite: HMNS 1060) Note: Grade of C or better required for Human Services program students. Lecture: 3 hours

HMNS 2010 - American Sign Language III (3 Credits)

This is an intermediate level sign language course that emphasizes further development of expressive and receptive skills appropriate for a broad range of conversational situations. Grammatical functions are stressed along with a more in-depth study of deaf history, deaf culture, linguistics and the use of classifiers. Note: Grade of C or better required for Human Services program students. (Prerequisite: HMNS 1060, 1070) Lecture: 3 hours

HMNS 1075 - Sign Language Interpretation (3 Credits)

This course builds on the student's ability to demonstrate proficiencies in American Sign Language, as established in either HMNS-1060 or 1070. This course begins the student's preparation to translate the spoken work into ASL and vice versa. This course will explore the basic responsibilities in the sign language interpreter field. Students learn the process of interpreting, role of interpreter in a variety of settings, code of ethics, securing assignments, billing, available training and many other aspects of interpreting and the interpreting field. (Prerequisite: HMNS 1060 OR 1070) Lecture: 3 hours

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