American Sign Language
Coastal Carolina Community College offers Beginning through Advanced American Sign Language classes. You will learn American Sign Language and about the deaf community and develop greater ASL skills with each level of ASL that could lead you into an Interpreting career.
American Sign Language (ASL) is a visual language. With signing, the brain processes linguistic information through the eyes. The shape, placement, and movement of the hands, as well as facial expressions and body movements, all play important parts in conveying information.
ASL is comparable in its complexity and expressiveness to spoken languages. It is not a form of English. It has its own distinct grammatical structure, which must be mastered in the same way as the grammar of any other foreign language. ASL is composed of precise hand shapes and movements. Important to understand is the fact that ASL is a complete language and can convey any idea: abstract, subtle or complex. ASL is a living language that grows and changes over time.
ASL is accepted by many high schools, colleges, and universities in fulfillment of modern and “foreign” language academic degree requirements across the United States.