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Liberal Arts and Sciences with Advisement Area in American Sign Language

The Degree

Associate in Arts (A.A.)

According to a survey conducted by the Modern Language Association (MLA), American Sign Language has grown to be the third most studied language on college campuses. In addition, according to the New York Department of Labor, employment of interpreters and translators is expected to jump 33.3 percent in the Finger Lakes region between 2010 and 2020. Rochester and the surrounding areas have a significant deaf population, and Finger Lakes Community College is proud to offer a program in this area that meets your needs. If you are interested in American Sign Language, you will be able to pursue the A.A. degree program with a track in American Sign Language.

The ASL coursework will prepare you to communicate with the deaf in your day-to-day work, regardless of your occupation. The degree will prepare you for transfer to four-year interpreter programs or for employment in a variety of public, private and community organizations.

The A.A. Liberal Arts Program

The A.A. degree at FLCC is designed for you to transfer into a baccalaureate degree program, with courses equivalent to those offered during the freshman and sophomore years at most four-year colleges and universities. After earning your A.A. degree from FLCC, you will have the opportunity to pursue baccalaureate degrees in a broad range of areas. These areas include:

  • Elementary and Secondary Education
  • Psychology
  • Political Science
  • Pre-Law
  • English
  • History

The degree is recognized in transfer (articulation) agreements with a large number of public and private four-year institutions in New York State and across the nation.

In addition, open to all qualified students, FLCC offers honors courses that provide enhanced educational experiences for students with outstanding ability. Successful completion of honors courses or an Honors Certificate may increase your options for transfer to four-year institutions.

The Scholarships

Scholarships are available to qualified students. For more information, visit the FLCC scholarships page or you can contact the Financial Aid Office.

Information for Students Undecided about their Majors

Liberal arts and sciences could be the ideal place for you to begin your college career at FLCC. You can explore your interests and abilities, while at the same time begin working toward a college degree.

A great percentage of new students who are undecided about their college major will apply for admission into the A.A. or A.S. liberal arts and sciences degree programs. It is more common than you may realize for students to be uncertain about their academic and career goals upon entering college. Even for those students who enter college with a declared major, statistics show that approximately 70 percent will change their major at least twice before graduating.

It is important to keep in mind not to get discouraged. Instead, take these action steps toward your future:

  • Visit the Finger Lakes Community College Career Services Office to learn more about yourself, define your goals, investigate career interests, and decide on what you want in a career. Ask about FOCUS2, a computerized career guidance system, which provides occupational information as well as an assessment of your interests, abilities, experiences and values.
  • A career services counselor can also help you with the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and Strong Interest Inventory, self-assessment and career guidance tools that help with career planning and offer insight into personal and professional development. Make an appointment at the Career Services Office to learn about these and other career guidance resources that are currently available. After you complete an assessment, your scores will be interpreted for you and discussed with you at an individual appointment.
  • When selecting your course schedule (with the help of your advisor), try to choose courses in a variety of disciplines. After a few courses, you will get a clearer picture of your favorite and least favorite subject areas.