This course will provide the student with a lexicon of approximately 600 signs. The student will become familiar with various sign language systems and will be able to recognize their differences. Important issues within the field of deafness will be addressed, including: deaf culture, education of deaf people, assistive listening devices, and professions in the field of deafness. Through the class text, additional readings, class discussions, and deaf consumers, the student will continue to develop signing skills while developing an understanding of how hearing loss affects individual development.