Degrees

Deaf Studies

Outcomes Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates should be able to: 1. Communicate at an advanced level using American Sign Language. 2. Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of and sensitivity to American Deaf culture. 3. Describe the major characteristics of ASL literature and storytelling. 4. Understand the linguistical aspects of American Sign Language. 5. Educate others with information on Deafness and available resources. Coursework This is the suggested course sequence for full-time students who aim to graduate in two years. SEMESTER 1 ENG* 101 Composition - 3 credits PSY* 111 General Psychology I - 3 credits MAT* Mathematics Elective

Certificates

Deaf Studies

Mission The Deaf Studies Certificate program will help students gain an in-depth understanding of the Deaf Community as well as understanding of bilingual and bicultural issues, especially those with a B.A degree or higher. CAREER OPPORTUNITIES:  ♦ Teacher’s Aide ♦ Residential program counselors ♦ Job coaches ♦ Communication specialist ♦ Deaf community advocate ♦ Paraprofessional with the Deaf Faculty Dr. Sarah Bement, sbement@nwcc.edu, 860.738.6382 Outcomes Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates should be able to: 1. Communicate at an advanced level using American Sign Language. 2. Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of and sensitivity to American Deaf culture. 3. Describe the major characteristics of ASL literature

Contact

Program Coordinator: Sarah Bement, 860.738.6382

Mission

The Associate degree in Deaf Studies will give students competence in American Sign Language and an appreciation for the culture, contributions, and contemporary issues of Deaf people. Course work is designed to provide information on the linguistic, historical, and cultural background of the Deaf community, with particular emphasis on the perspective of Deaf people acculturated in a hearing society. This degree is constructed for either career or transfer students. This program prepares students for job opportunities as teachers’ aids, residential program counselors, job coaches, communication specialists, Deaf community advocates, and paraprofessionals with the Deaf. Also, the program prepares students for transferring into Bachelor’s degree programs, such as those at Boston University, Northeastern University, Gallaudet University with a major in Deaf Studies, Deaf Education, Counseling, or related majors.