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Frequently Asked Questions





1. I want to take American Sign Language courses. What do I do?

To take an ASL course, students must have adequate English reading and writing skills. The ASL courses are open to anyone who is eligible to take ENGL 1100 or higher. This eligibility is determined by taking the Columbus State Community College Placement Test. (For more information visit
Or, if you have successfully completed a Beginning Composition course at another college, have your transcript sent to CSCC to see if it meets the requirement. 

2. Do I have to be an “Interpreting Major” to take ASL courses?

No, students do not have to be an “Interpreting Major” to take ASL classes. Anyone who meets the requirement in #1 above can register for ASL courses.

3. What ASL courses are offered, and are they offered every semester?

We offer Beginning ASL (IEP 1101), Intermediate ASL (IEP 1102) and Advanced ASL (IEP 1103).  All courses are offered every semester.

4. How many credit hours is an ASL course?

An ASL course is four credit hours.

5. What does an ASL course schedule look like?

ASL courses meet for five hours each week - usually 2 hours and 30 minutes twice a week in autumn and spring semesters which are 16 weeks long. Occasionally we offer courses for one hour and 40 minutes three times a week.

During the summer semester, classes meet 3 hours and 30 minutes twice a week or two hours 20 minutes three times a week for 10 weeks.

6. Where do I find the schedule for ASL courses? 

On CSCC's home page, go to Programs & Courses, then to Course Description & Schedules.  Select the semester you are interested in, and on the next page select IEP in the drop box to find the specific course.

7. How do I register for ASL courses?

Be sure that you are ready to register prior to the first day of registration.  Our courses fill VERY quickly (sometimes within 20 minutes!), so be ready to register as soon as registration begins. Watch the CSCC home page for registration dates or check the Academic Calendar.

8. I'm having trouble registering.  Do you have any suggestions?

Here are some reasons why students have problems registering:

  • Be sure that you have applied to the college - contact Records and Registration
  • Know your Cougar ID number, and be familiar with the process of using your CougarWeb account - contact the Help Desk for assistance (614.287.5050)
  • Perhaps you have an outstanding fine - a parking ticket, or overdue library  material - check the Cashier's Office
  • Check to see that you have met the prerequisites and corequisites for the course you are trying to register for - check the course description for each course
  • Be sure that your transcripts have been processed so that the CSCC computer knows you are eligible for the course you want to register for - contact Records and Registration
  • Perhaps there is a financial aid restriction on your account - contact the Financial Aid Office
  • Check that you are not on academic probation - contact Records and Registration
  • Be sure the computer sees from your Placement Testing score that you have placed into ENGL 1100 or have already completed an equivalent English course - contact Records and Registration

9. Can I use CSCC's ASL courses to fulfill foreign language credit for an AA or AS degree? 

Yes, these courses fulfill your foreign language credit here at CSCC. If you plan to transfer the credits to another college / university, be sure to check with them to confirm their transferability.

10. Tell me a little bit about the content and presentation of CSCC's ASL courses.

ASL courses at CSCC are conducted mainly in the target language of ASL.  This helps prepare students for the visual / gestural mode of ASL. It is very important that students be present in class - excessive absences will not help a student learn the language.  Many students say that learning ASL is the most challenging, and exciting thing they have ever done.  It's not like taking a history class where you might memorize information and then write a paper about it.  Students must be actively engaged in EVERY aspect of learning, EVERY day, and work hard to learn vocabulary, a unique grammatical structure that is very different than English, and be open to experiencing a different set of cultural norms and values.

11. I already know some sign language. Is there a placement test for me to take?

Yes, we offer an ASL Placement Exam. The ASL Placement Exam is designed for people who have moderate to advanced skills using ASL. This skill may be from interacting with a family member or friend who uses ASL (NOT Sign English/ NOT signing and talking at the same time), or someone who has taken a course in ASL in high school or college. Most community ASL classes, offered at a church, library or worksite, will probably not be advanced enough for you to take the ASL Placement Exam. If you are not sure if the ASL Placement Exam is appropriate for you, contact Christine Evenson at or 614.287.5616.

5. I successfully completed ASL at a college or high school.  Do I need to take an ASL Placement Exam?

Yes, all students with formal classroom credit from either a high school or college must take the ASL Placement Exam.  For more information,  contact Christine Evenson at or 614.287.5616.

6. What do I need to know about the ASL Placement Exam?

If you feel that the ASL Placement Exam is appropriate for you to take, contact Christine Evenson at to set up an appointment to take the exam.
To take the exam, you must be admitted to the CSCC and have a Cougar ID number. If you have ever taken a class at CSCC, you most likely are still considered a student at the college. If you have not been admitted to the College, please see the admissions process on the CSCC website at You must have your Cougar ID number with you on the day of the test. If you have already been admitted to CSCC but don’t know your Cougar ID number, please contact the Registrar’s Office. You can find their contact number on the CSCC website.
Once you have your Cougar ID number, contact Christine Evenson at and establish a day and time to take the test. Finally, before the test, go to the Cashier’s Office in Rhodes Hall and pay $50.00 for a “proficiency test”. You must bring the receipt with you when you take the ASL Placement Exam.
During the ASL Placement Exam you will be asked to review some English sentences and then sign them using grammatically correct ASL. You may also be asked to have a conversation in ASL. The test takes approximately 30 minutes.
There is really no way to study for the exam. We want to see your general skill of ASL at this time.
Remember, you must have your Cougar ID number and the proficiency test receipt on the test date. Please remember to bring your Cougar ID number and your “proficiency test” receipt.

If you have any questions about the ASL Placement Exam, contact Christine Evenson at

7. What is the Deaf Studies Certificate?

The Deaf Studies Certificate was created for people who want to learn how to communicate with Deaf people who use ASL. The certificate also introduces you to the culture of the Deaf community. People who are interested in the Deaf Studies Certificate may want to learn ASL because they work with Deaf people, or have Deaf friends or family members. Some people who work as nurses, teachers, police officers, etc. want to learn ASL to communicate with Deaf people they may meet in their jobs.

8. What courses are required to receive the Deaf Studies Certificate?
Here is a schedule of the six courses one must successfully complete to receive the ASL / Deaf Studies Certificate:
IEP 1100    Introduction to the Deaf Community (3 credit hrs)

IEP 1101    Beginning ASL (4 credit hrs)  Pre-req: Placement into ENGL 1100)

IEP 1109    Fingerspelling (2 credit hrs)   Co-req: IEP 1101
IEP 1102    Intermediate ASL (4 credit hrs)    Pre-req: IEP 1101, IEP 1109

IEP 1150    Linguistics of ASL & English  (3 credit hrs)  Co-req: IEP 1102
IEP 1103    Advanced ASL   (4 credit hrs)

9. I finished all of the course work for the Deaf Studies Certificate. How do I get my certificate?

Outside the offices of Union Hall 219  you will see the blank forms to receive the Deaf Studies Certificate. Complete the form and return it to Chris Evenson in Union Hall 214. We will confirm the completion of your coursework and process your request. You should receive your certificate in the mail in 4-6 weeks.

10. Am I qualified to work as an interpreter with the Deaf Studies Certificate?

Absolutely NOT! The coursework of the Deaf Studies Certificate does not prepare you to work as an interpreter.