Social Sciences: Deaf Studies Specialization, A.S.

Associate of Science

This program is designed for individuals who plan to transfer to a four-year college or university to complete a bachelor of science in a program that requires a background in American Sign Language and the Deaf community. Graduates may use their skills to work in human service fields such as daycare settings and as teacher assistants. Graduates from the program can also transfer to 4-year institutions and major in a wide variety of fields, including ASL instruction, Deaf education, linguistics, Deaf studies (e.g. history, literature, research, etc.), speech-language pathology and audiology, human services, communication sciences and disorders, and social work.

Special Admission Requirements: Admission to this program requires that a student demonstrate an intermediate level of ASL fluency. A grade of 'C' or better in ASL 202 will satisfy this requirement.

Students may be able to waive the ASL requirement if they have prior experience in ASL. To demonstrate ASL competency, students must receive a score on the Sign Communication Proficiency Interview (SCPI) or the Gallaudet University American Sign Language Proficiency Interview (GU-ASLPI) of 'Intermediate' or higher.

Transfer Information

This program provides transfer paths that include the general education courses and introductory major courses that students typically take during the first two years at a four-year college or university when they are majoring in a social science that deals with the Deaf community. Because senior institutions differ in their requirements, students are strongly urged to work with their assigned advisor or a counselor and to acquaint themselves with the requirements of the major department in the college or university to which they plan to transfer. The responsibility for proper course selection rests with the student.

Course Curriculum

Below is a table that shows the courses needed to satisfy this program. Please speak with an advisor to ensure you meet your program requirements.

Two Years Credits
1st Semester
ASL 261 Advanced American Sign Language I 4
1CST 110 Introduction to Human Communication 3
ENG 111 College Composition I 3
2MTH 154 Quantitative Reasoning 3
Choose One
SDV 100 College Success Skills 1
SDV 101 Orientation to (a Specific Discipline) 1
Total 14
2nd Semester
ASL 125 History and Culture of the Deaf Community I 3
ASL 262 Advanced American Sign Language II 4
ENG 112 College Composition II 3
2MTH 245 Statistics I 3
3 Social/Behavioral Sciences Elective 3
Total 16
3rd Semester
ITE 152 Introduction to Digital and Information Literacy and Computer Applications 3
4HIS Elective 3
5 Humanities/Fine Arts Elective 3
6 Physical or Life Science Elective w/Lab 4
7SOC Elective 3
Total 16
4th Semester
ASL 220 Comparative Linguistics: ASL and English 3
8 General Education Elective 3
6 Physical or Life Science Elective w/Lab 4
3 Social/Behavioral Sciences Electives 6
Total 16
Total credits for the Associate of Science = 62
Two Years Credits
1st Semester
Advanced American Sign Language I
ASL
261
4
Introduction to Human Communication
1CST
110
3
ENG
111
3
2MTH
154
3
Choose One
SDV
100
1
SDV
101
1
Total 14
2nd Semester
ASL
125
3
Advanced American Sign Language II
ASL
262
4
ENG
112
3
2MTH
245
3
Social/Behavioral Sciences Elective
3
3
Total 16
3rd Semester
Introduction to Digital and Information Literacy and Computer Applications
ITE
152
3
Elective
4HIS
3
Humanities/Fine Arts Elective
5
3
Physical or Life Science Elective w/Lab
6
4
Elective
7SOC
3
Total 16
4th Semester
ASL
220
3
General Education Elective
8
3
Physical or Life Science Elective w/Lab
6
4
Social/Behavioral Sciences Electives
3
6
Total 16
Total credits for the Associate of Science = 62

1 Select from the following: CST 100, CST 110, CST 126, or CST 229.

2 Many universities require MTH 154 or higher while others require MTH 161 or MTH 162 or higher, often including a statistics course, for majors in the social sciences. It is, therefore, important that students confer with a counselor to determine the appropriate mathematics courses for their intended transfer university. Credit will not be awarded for both MTH 261 and MTH 263. Credit will not be awarded for both MTH 262 and MTH 264.

3 See social/behavioral science courses listed under General Education Electives. Electives should be selected with advice of a counselor or academic advisor to meet the requirements of the transfer institution.

4 Select any HIS course listed under social/behavioral sciences in General Education Electives. Electives should be selected with advice of a counselor or academic advisor to meet the requirements of the transfer institution.

5 See humanities/fine arts courses listed under General Education Electives. Students must choose courses from two of the three areas listed. Credit will not be applied if student takes two courses from the same area. Electives should be selected with advice of a counselor or academic advisor to meet requirements of the transfer institution.

6 See physical and life science courses listed under General Education Electives. Electives should be selected with advice of a counselor or academic advisor to meet the requirements of the transfer institution.

Select any SOC course listed under social/behavioral sciences in General Education Electives. Electives should be selected with advice of a counselor or academic advisor to meet the requirements of the transfer institution.

8 Select any course from General Education Electives. Electives should be selected with advice of a counselor or academic advisor to meet the requirements of the transfer institution. This elective is not needed if selections for all other requirements total 60 credits or more.

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