American Sign Language

Program Description

The state of Missouri recognizes American Sign Language as a foreign language. At Ozarks Technical Community College, we offer 21 credit hours of coursework in American Sign Language (ASL) that can serve as humanities and/or general electives in the various degrees the college offers. Our core focus is on the development of language acquisition and the use of ASL in conversational settings. Students completing the courses at OTC can transfer to a four-year institution where they may pursue careers sign language interpreting, audiology, speech pathology, psychology, counseling, social work, deaf education and various other fields that may come in contact with deaf and hard of hearing consumers.

Fun Facts About American Sign Language

  1. There are different sign languages in different countries. In fact, in North and South America alone there are over 35 different sign languages!
  2. Individuals have been using American Sign Language in the United States for over two hundred years!
  3. As many as 500,000 people in the United States communicate using ASL.
  4. Deaf History Month is observed from March 13th to April 15th every year.
  5. Babies can communicate using sign language 6-8 months prior to communicating verbally.
  • ASL-101 American Sign Language I
    MOTR Equivalent: MOTR LANG 105 Foreign Language I
    Credits: 3
    Contact Hours: Lec 3
    Tier Rate: Tier I
    This course introduces students to the basic structural principles of American Sign Language and emphasizes visual reception and expression of signed concepts.
  • ASL-102 American Sign Language II
    MOTR Equivalent: MOTR LANG 106 Foreign Language II
    Credits: 3
    Contact Hours: Lec 3 Lab 0 Practicum 0
    Tier Rate: Tier I
    This course continues development of the basic knowledge and understanding of conversational American Sign Language and expands on the cultural features of the language and the deaf community. Prerequisite(s): ASL 101 .
  • ASL-115 Fingerspelling and Numbers
    Credits: 3
    Contact Hours: Lec 3
    Tier Rate: Tier I
    This course provides students the opportunity to develop increased fluency in their expressive and receptive abilities in fingerspelling through in-class practice and viewing of additional materials. Students also reinforce their abilities to utilize American Sign Language numbering systems for time, money, measurements, sports, and scientific numbering. Prerequisite(s): Grade of "C" or better in ASL 102 .
  • ASL-201 American Sign Language III
    Credits: 3
    Contact Hours: Lec 3 Lab 0 Practicum 0
    Tier Rate: Tier I
    This course offers the American Sign Language student the opportunity to polish their expressive and receptive skills in classroom and conversational environments. Emphasis is on the transition from simply learning vocabulary to learning good conversational skills. Prerequisite(s): Grade of "C" or better in ASL 102 .
  • ASL-202 American Sign Language IV
    Credits: 3
    Contact Hours: Lec 3 Lab 0 Practicum 0
    Tier Rate: Tier I
    This course builds on what was learned in American Sign Language III. It offers the advanced American Sign Language student the opportunity to polish their expressive and receptive skills at an advanced level. Emphasis is on the use of classifiers, role shifting, listing, using space and communicating money issues, major decisions and health conditions in ASL discourse. The focus is on utilizing all American Sign Language skills simultaneously and fluently. Prerequisite(s): Grade of "C" or better in ASL 201 .