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Sign Language Courses

Deaf people can do anything except hear.
- I. King Jordan, First Deaf President of Gallaudet University, the world’s only university exclusively for students who are hearing impaired   

What is Sign Language?

     Sign Language is not a form of any other language.  Instead, it is a thoughtfully developed and standardized means of communication that allows those who cannot hear and/or speak to communicate with each other, as well as with the hearing world.  Like any language, sign language is learned and constantly evolving, adding new words and phrases as individual cultures dictate.  There are hundreds of sign languages in use in the world today, and many more dialectical offshoots. American Sign Language is the language used in the United States and the English-speaking provinces of Canada.

Sign Language at Macomb

In Macomb’s Sign Language Courses, you will be introduced to the important role of American Sign Language (ASL) in the lives of the deaf as you progressively acquire expressive and receptive sign communication skills.  You will learn about vocabulary, grammar, language function in ASL, as well as how to sign the manual English alphabet.  You will also explore the sociological aspects of deafness and hearing loss, the similarities and differences between ASL and English, and the subculture that exists among the hearing impaired.     

Sign Language Courses at Macomb

  • American Sign Language 1 - 4
  • Fingerspelling
  • American Deaf Culture

Career Opportunities in Sign Language

A bachelor’s degree and certification is required to teach American Sign Language to hearing impaired or hearing students.  While the same is usually required of interpreters/translators as well, sometimes extensive experience and ongoing continuing education will supplant the bachelor’s degree requirement.   

Transfer Pathways to a Bachelor’s Degree

The credits earned in Macomb’s Sign Language Courses transfer to many colleges and universities in Michigan.

If you intend to transfer and pursue a bachelor’s degree, speak with a Macomb counselor or academic advisor as soon as possible after you have applied to Macomb to plan the best pathway.

How do I find out more about Macomb’s Sign Language Courses?

For more information on the Sign Language Courses at Macomb, contact the Associate Dean, Humanities, 586.445.7251, AandS.south@macomb.edu or 586.286.2282, AandS.center@macomb.edu

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