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American Sign Language Classes in San Diego - A Comprehensive Guide

Updated on December 30, 2015

Below you'll find a comprehensive listing of schools that offer American Sign Language classes in the San Diego area. If you know of other classes or resources not listed, please let me know in the comments section at the bottom of this page.

At San Diego State University, pictured here, students can pursue a specialization in ASL and Deaf Studies.
At San Diego State University, pictured here, students can pursue a specialization in ASL and Deaf Studies. | Source

Colleges Offering ASL Classes and ASL-English Interpretation Programs

San Diego Mesa College, San Diego

  • The college offers an Associate of Arts degree and a Certificate of Achievement in American Sign Language Studies and ASL-English Interpretation.
  • In addition to two years of ASL coursework and two years of interpretation courses, the school also offers classes on Deaf culture and ASL linguistics.

Palomar College, San Marcos

  • The American Sign Language/English Interpreter Training Program offers an Associate of Arts degree and Certificate of Achievement.
  • The program includes two years of ASL coursework and as well as classes on interpreting and Deaf culture.
  • The college's Tutoring Center also provides ASL tutoring to students.

Grossmont College, pictured here, offers an Associate's degree in ASL.
Grossmont College, pictured here, offers an Associate's degree in ASL. | Source

Schools Offering ASL-Related Majors or ASL Classes

Cuyamaca College, El Cajon

  • The American Sign Language Department offers two full years (four semesters) of ASL coursework.
  • In addition to regular ASL classes, students can also take 1-unit elective courses such as "ASL With Infants and Toddlers" and "ASL With School Age Children".
  • The college also offers free ASL tutoring for students.
  • An active sign language club, the Cuyamaca College American Sign Language Association (ACCSLA), organizes events such as ASL coffee nights and ASL game days, among others.
  • The school's ASL choir gives signed performances accompanied by music.

Grossmont College, El Cajon

  • The college offers an Associate's degree in American Sign Language.
  • Classes offered in the ASL major include two years of language coursework, a practicum series, and courses on Deaf culture and ASL linguistics.

San Diego City College, San Diego

  • The college offers a full two years (four semesters) of coursework in American Sign Language.

San Diego State University, San Diego

  • The School of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences offers an academic program in American Sign Language / Deaf Studies, which includes four semesters of language coursework, courses on Deaf culture and ASL linguistics, and a fieldwork experience with the Deaf.

Southwestern College, Chula Vista

  • The college offers a two-semester sequence in American Sign Language.

University of California, San Diego, La Jolla

  • The Linguistics Department offers five quarters of language coursework in American Sign Language
  • The curriculum incorporates topics on Deaf history and culture into each quarter's ASL class.

Other Options

ASL Meetups
Practicing signing outside of class is important for making significant progress with the language, so look up an ASL meetup group in the San Diego area. Attending these events is a great way to meet a range of people interested in signing, including Deaf people, experienced signers, as well as people who are just starting out. Groups are are usually very welcoming, so don't be shy about checking one out! You can find a listing of ASL meetups in the San Diego at the link above.

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      Abigjoke 3 years ago

      Cuyamaca now has very limited tutoring, classes are no longer the high quality they once were. The signing choir has been eliminated.

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