Are you fascinated when you see Deaf people signing?
Do you need a language for college admissions, transfer or for GE credit?
Do you want to communicate with a friend, co-worker or family member and make new friends, both hearing and Deaf?
Do you want to learn about the Deaf community in the Bay Area and attend Deaf events?
Do you know that American Sign Language is expressive, dramatic and includes jokes, poetry and drama--all "on the hands"!
American Sign Language is
- An alternative to a spoken foreign language for college requirements in a language
other than English.
- A well-paid career in high demand.
- Fourth most commonly used language in the United States.
- Not universal, but it is international and can be helpful in communicating with deaf people world-wide.
- Please join us and take American Sign Language!
De Anza College offers a two quarter sequence courses to develop beginning communication skills in American Sign Language. (SIGN 3 enrollment has declined and is longer scheduled.) The courses are UC/CSU transferable and may be used to meet general education area requirements.
- SIGN 1 Elementary (1st quarter) 5 units
Typically offered each quarter, day and evening, with intensive 6 week sections offered in the summer that meet 4 days or evenings a week.
- SIGN 2, Elementary (2nd quarter) 5 units
Typically offered Winter and Spring quarters, days and evenings.
Students need to meet the prerequisite course requirements, or equivalent, to enroll in SIGN 2.
SIGN 1 and 2 are considered the equivalent of one year each in a high school language curriculum sequence.
For Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students
For Interested High School Students
Interested 11th or 12th grade high school students may be enrolled in accordance with De Anza College high school guidelines and procedures. In addition to the college application, a High School Concurrent Enrollment Form must be submitted to Admissions and Records before a high school student can register. This form can be downloaded and printed from the Concurrent High School Students web page.
Course Outlines and Schedule
For a schedule of current and upcoming quarter classes, including days and times,
click on the link for the quarter you're interested in, located below Department Courses
on the left panel.
Interested students at De Anza College are invited to join the student ASL Club. The purposes of the club are:
- To bring people of deaf, hard of hearing and hearing cultures together
- To practice signing
- To disseminate information about and attend Deaf events in the area
- To organize on-campus Deaf events
For current club contact information and meeting schedule, contact the Students Activities Office in the Hinson Campus Center or go to Inter-Club Council and Club website.
Students who want to continue sign language study past the 1st year level or who plan to pursue a degree in Interpreting or Deaf Education are advised to contact Ohlone College for information regarding their course offerings, Certification and AA degree major in American Sign Language and Deaf Studies.