Social Sciences: Deaf Studies Specialization, A.S.

Associate of Science
Campuses: Annandale

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 150 Working with Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing People 2
ASL 261 American Sign Language V 3
1CST 110 Introduction to 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)
Total 15
2nd Semester
ASL 125 History and Culture of the Deaf Community I 3
ASL 262 American Sign Language VI 3
ENG 112 College Composition II 3
2MTH 245 Statistics I 3
3 Social/Behavioral Science Elective 3
Total 15
3rd Semester
ITE 115 Introduction to Computer Applications and Concepts 3
4HIS Elective 3
5 Humanities/Fine Arts Elective 3
6SOC Elective 3
7 Physical or Life Science Elective w/Lab 4
Total 16
4th Semester
8 General Education Elective 3
ASL 225 Literature of the U.S. Deaf Community 3
7 Physical or Life Science Elective w/Lab 4
3 Social/Behavioral Science Electives 6
Total 16
Total credits for the Associate of Science = 62
Two Years Credits
1st Semester
Working with Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing People
ASL
150
2
American Sign Language V
ASL
261
3
1CST
110
3
ENG
111
3
2MTH
154
3
Choose One
SDV
100
1
Orientation to (a Specific Discipline)
SDV
101
Total 15
2nd Semester
History and Culture of the Deaf Community I
ASL
125
3
American Sign Language VI
ASL
262
3
ENG
112
3
2MTH
245
3
Social/Behavioral Science Elective
3
3
Total 15
3rd Semester
ITE
115
3
Elective
4HIS
3
5
3
Elective
6SOC
3
Physical or Life Science Elective w/Lab
7
4
Total 16
4th Semester
General Education Elective
8
3
Literature of the U.S. Deaf Community
ASL
225
3
Physical or Life Science Elective w/Lab
7
4
Social/Behavioral Science 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. To meet requirements at many universities, students should enroll in at least one U.S. History course and one Western civilization course. Students should consult with a counselor to determine the appropriate social science courses for their intended transfer university.

4 HIS 101, HIS 102, or HIS 112 is recommended. Other HIS courses may be chosen from the list of approved general education courses.

5 See humanities/fine arts 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.

6 SOC 200 is recommended to meet the sociology requirement at many universities.

7 See biology, chemistry, ENV 121-ENV 122, physics, geology, or natural science courses with a lab component, listed under General Education Electives. Some four-year colleges require a two-semester sequence.

Choose from General Education Listing. This elective is not needed if selections for all other requirements total 60 credits or more..

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