Sign Language Studies

Sylvania Campus | CT Room 219 | 971-722-4672(V) | 503-928-5867(VP)

Why learn American Sign Language at Portland Community College?

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  • ASL is a language you can use right here in the Northwest.
  • ASL is the third most commonly used "foreign" language in the United States.
  • PCC offers two full years of American Sign Language, plus a Deaf Studies class.
  • Most state colleges, universities and public high schools in Oregon and Washington accept American Sign Language for foreign language credit. Use it to satisfy Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer requirements.
  • Our instructors use state-of-the-art teaching methods, following a functional/notional approach. Classes are taught completely in ASL; no voice is used in class, allowing students the best opportunity to develop their skills in both using and understanding ASL.
  • Our instructors are active members of the local Deaf community.
  • Our curriculum is approved by the national American Sign Language Teachers Association, a division of the National Association of the Deaf.
  • Tuition at PCC is affordable.

Degrees and Certificates

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At this point, there is no AA degree or certificate offered with a major in sign language studies. However, interested students who complete the SLS courses may apply to enter the Sign Language Interpretation program, a professional-technical program which prepares students to work as interpreters in schools, colleges and the community.

What's Next?

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  1. Complete the steps for new students
    • The admissions form will ask you what you plan to study. Since we don't offer a degree or certificate in this subject, you should choose Associate of Arts - Oregon Transfer (AAOT) for now.
    • If you have learned ASL elsewhere and want to continue your studies here, call 971-722-4672 (voice) or 503-928-5867 (VP) and ask for an appointment for an ASL Skills Assessment. Given at the beginning and end of each term, this 15–20 minute interview will place you into an appropriate level class. If you are just beginning to study ASL, you do not need to have a proficiency interview. Simply register for ASL 101 or 150.
  2. Plan how you'll pay for college
  3. Plan your transfer