Deaf Communication Studies: American Sign Language, Certificate of Specialization

Florissant Valley and Wildwood

The foundation of the curriculum is American Sign Language (ASL), which is the native, indigenous language of the North American Deaf community. We recognize the Deaf community as a linguistic and cultural minority that functions distinctly from American mainstream culture.

Students in this program will learn to converse in American Sign Language, accurately expressing their own thoughts and accurately comprehending the thoughts of other signers on everyday topics. 

These entry-level language courses are open to all members of the Deaf and non-Deaf communities.

Cost of Attendance.  For more information on cost of attendance visit MoSCORES

Program Career and Salary Information.  Pursuant to Missouri HB 1606 (2018), information regarding the number of credit hours, program length, employment rate, wage data, and graduates employed in careers related to their program of study at St. Louis Community College can be found at the following URL: Search using School / Program “St. Louis Community College” and choose the degree or credential type of interest. 

The following limitations to the data apply: Information provided is based on the most recent cohorts available. Typically, most recent cohorts for wage and completion data are six years prior to the current academic year. Time to complete a program of study varies depending on the number of credit hours students earn per semester.

Interested in this program? Start the enrollment process by visiting the Apply to STLCC page.   

At the completion of the program, students are expected to:

  1. converse for 5 to 10 minutes on everyday topics such as introductions, self-care, home, family, daily activities, schedules, interests, and simple stories.
  2. employ conceptually accurate intermediate ASL vocabulary, including classifiers and idioms, to convey their thoughts.
  3. articulate signs on the hands, face, and body.
  4. demonstrate a variety of ASL sentence types.
  5. demonstrate receptive and expressive fingerspelling.
  6. employ the standard terminology of ASL linguistics to discuss and explain ASL signs, morphology, semantics, and syntax.
  7. demonstrate basic knowledge of the US Deaf community including: origins of ASL; Deaf education; assistive technology; Deaf communication modes; issues in Deafness.
DCS 104American Sign Language I (MOTR LANG 105)5
DCS 105American Sign Language II (MOTR LANG 106)5
DCS 107Fingerspelling3
DCS 120Fingerspelling Lab1
DCS 111Theory of American Sign Language3
DCS 119Theory of American Sign Language Lab1
DCS 115Introduction to Deaf Communications Studies3
DCS 116American Sign Language Semantics3
Total Credit Hours24
New PlanGrids
First Year
Fall Credit Hours Prerequisites Milestones/Notes
DCS 104 American Sign Language I (MOTR LANG 105)5Reading Proficiency
DCS 111 Theory of American Sign Language3Prior or concurrent enrollment in DCS 104 with a grade of "C" or better and Reading Proficiency.
DCS 115 Introduction to Deaf Communications Studies3Reading Proficiency.
DCS 119 Theory of American Sign Language Lab1Reading Proficiency.
Credit Hours12
Spring Credit Hours Prerequisites Milestones/Notes
DCS 105 American Sign Language II (MOTR LANG 106)5DCS 104 with grade of "C" or better or permission of department and Reading Proficiency.Apply for graduation
DCS 107 Fingerspelling3DCS 104 and Reading Proficiency.
DCS 116 American Sign Language Semantics3DCS 104 and DCS 115 with grades of "C" or better and Reading Proficiency.
DCS 120 Fingerspelling Lab1Reading Proficiency.
Credit Hours12
Total Credit Hours24

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**Students completing a course that has been assigned a MOTR number may transfer that course to any public institution in Missouri. Those who complete CORE 42 requirements will have that verification on their transcript.

*** It is your responsibility to verify that the courses listed above will transfer to the four-year institution of your choice.  Maximize your transfer credits/classes by meeting with an academic advisor.