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AS.ASL/Deaf Studies

This program is designed for students who intend to complete a baccalaureate degree in a chosen field (e.g. Biology, Business Administration, Computer Science, Criminal Justice, Education, Nursing, Medicine, Social Sciences, the Arts) which serves individuals who are deaf and who use ASL to communicate. Students planning to transfer after graduation should consult the catalog of the college where they intend to complete their studies. Graduates of this program customarily transfer to baccalaureate institutions. Graduates not immediately pursuing an additional degree frequently work as paraprofessionals in the student’s chosen field of study which serves individuals who are deaf and who use ASL to communicate. (Positions include lab technician; office technician in a business, criminal justice or social services organization; teacher’s aide; a substitute teacher.)

Graduates of this program should be able to:

  • Be proficient in all aspects of American Sign Language across registers and dialects;
  • Demonstrate comprehensive knowledge of American Deaf Culture;
  • Explain the historical, social, political, recreational, medical, educational, and linguistical issues that affect individuals who are Deaf/Hard of Hearing;
  • Identify the laws and legislations that impact the civil rights of Deaf people;
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the prevalent models (pathological vs. humanistic) of deafness;
  • Identify the various types, causes, and levels of deafness.
General Education  Credits
  Written & Oral Communications 6
  Mathematics (MTH 113 recommended) 3
  Natural Science (BIO 103/104 recommended) 7-8
  Social Science (PSY 101 and SOC 101 recommended) 6
  Arts & Humanities (THR 101 recommended) 3
  History 3
  Diversity 3
  Total General Education Credits  31-32
Program Courses  Credits
ASL 101 Elementary American Sign Language I 3
ASL 103 American Deaf Culture 3
ASL 102 Elementary American Sign Language II 3
ASL 104 Fingerspelling 3
ASL 201 Intermediate American Sign Language I 3
ASL 202 Intermediate American Sign Language II 3
  Total Program Credits  18
Electives  Credits
  SPE 101, SPE 102, ENG 252 recommended 11-12
  Total Elective Credits  11-12
  Total Credits Required for Degree 61