The purpose of the American Sign Language (ASL) Certificate is to provide training for students who wish to learn basic American Sign Language and understand Deaf Culture. This certificate is appropriate for students who are planning to enter or are currently employed in all areas of customer relations. Students who complete this certificate will be in a position to use basic communication with colleagues or customers who are ASL users. This program will not prepare students to become interpreters.

Upon completion of this program, a student will be able to communicate with Deaf and Hard of hearing people on a basic level in American Sign Language, including the use of fingerspelling numbers, signs and grammar structures. Students who earn this certificate may choose to continue their studies in an Interpreting Program for ASL.



2021 - 2022

  • Curriculum

    Program Courses
    CoursesTitlesCourse OutlinesGoal AreasCredits
    Course Subject: ASL         Course Number:1101
    Course Title:American Sign Language I      Goal Areas:n/a      Credits:4

    Course Description:This course teaches the basics for communication with Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing individuals. The course includes receptive and expressive finger-spelling, signing, conversational behaviors, and various aspects of Deaf Culture.
    American Sign Language IView-ASL 1101n/a4
    Course Subject: ASL         Course Number:1102
    Course Title:American Sign Language II      Goal Areas:n/a      Credits:4

    Course Description:This course is a continuation of ASL 1101. The student's signing and finger-spelling will be increased to improve their signing skills.Prerequisite: ASL 1101
    American Sign Language IIView-ASL 1102n/a4
    Course Subject: ASL         Course Number:1300
    Course Title:Deaf Culture      Goal Areas:n/a      Credits:3

    Course Description:This class provides students with an understanding of the History and Culture of Deaf People. Students will learn about Deaf and Hard of hearing people in the Deaf Community in all areas of the United States and how the culture has progressed since the 1800's.
    Deaf CultureView-ASL 1300n/a3
    Course Subject: ASL         Course Number:1400
    Course Title:Fingerspelling and Numbers      Goal Areas:n/a      Credits:3

    Course Description:Fingerspelling and Numbers course provides students the fundamentals to learn basic letters, words, and numbers in American Sign Language. This course will prepare students to communicate with Deaf and Hard of Hearing people on a basic level. Practice time in class will allow students to easily increase their speed signing.
    Fingerspelling and NumbersView-ASL 1400n/a3
    Course Subject: ASL         Course Number:2201
    Course Title:Intermediate American Sign Language I      Goal Areas:n/a      Credits:4

    Course Description:This course gives students an opportunity to practice their signing skills while increasing their knowledge of various vocabularies, using appropriate body language and facial expression. The course also will prepare students to read signers and will introduce more complex ASL structures. Prerequisite: ASL 1102
    Intermediate American Sign Language IView-ASL 2201n/a4
    Course Subject: ASL         Course Number:2202
    Course Title:Intermediate American Sign Language II      Goal Areas:n/a      Credits:4

    Course Description:This course gives students an opportunity to increase their listening and signing skills in depth. Students will meet Deaf people in a field trip setting to expose them to the Deaf world. Students may do observations with Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing people approximately three times.Prerequisite: ASL 2201
    Intermediate American Sign Language IIView-ASL 2202n/a4
    NHCC Residency and GPA
    CoursesTitlesCourse OutlinesGoal AreasCredits
    7 Credits must be earned at NHCC
                                   Total Credits Required22

  • Program Outcomes

    Develop a foundation of essential knowledge about the cultural, social, and natural worlds of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing along with overall individual well being by:

    • Articulating an awareness and understanding of Deaf Culture and the unique qualities of deafness as an American Linguistic minority.

    Develop Intellectual and Practical Skills, including:

    • Demonstrating basic conversational skills and use of appropriate American Sign Language grammar structures, vocabulary, finger spelling and numbers.
    • Effectively communicating with Deaf and Hard of Hearing people in American Sign Language in a variety of settings i.e. work, grocery store, church, etc.

    Demonstrate Personal and Social Responsibility, including:

    • Analyzing individual approaches to American Sign Language and make appropriate choices within various contexts involved.

    Integrative Learning:

    • Analyzing, comparing, and contrasting different perspectives of the Deaf Community.

  • Career Opportunities

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  • Transfer Information

    ‚ÄčIf you are planning on transferring to another institution, follow the guidelines available on our transfer resources web page to help you plan the process: Transfer Information

  • Degree Information

    Certificates may be earned for successful completion of courses in a specialized program of study with a minimum grade point average of 2.00 (C). A certificate shall include 9 to 30 semester credits. At least onethird of the total credits required for each certificate must be completed at North Hennepin Community College.

    Developmental Courses Some students may need preparatory course(s) in Math and/or English. Courses numbered below 1000 will not apply toward a degree.

    Equal Opportunity Employer and Disability Access Information North Hennepin Community College is a member of Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system and an equal opportunity employer and educator. This document is available in alternative formats to individuals with disabilities by calling 7634930555 or through the Minnesota Relay Service at 18006273529.

  • Accreditation

    North Hennepin Community College is accredited by the:
    Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
    30 N. LaSalle Street, Suite 2400
    Chicago, IL 60602-2504