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Social Sciences: Deaf Studies Specialization, A.S.

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CIP Code: 45.0101
NOVA Code: 8823 

Offered through AN

Purpose: 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.

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.

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.

Two Years

Total credits for the A.S. Degree in Social Sciences with a Specialization in Deaf Studies: 62 credits

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 62 credits or more.

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