The American Sign Language and Deaf Studies Degree Program is designed for individuals who do not have a college degree and are interested in the field of Deaf Studies, Linguistics, communications, psychology, social work, rehabilitation, education of the Deaf and other related areas. The program provides a multi-disciplinary and interdisciplinary approach in American Sign Language and Deaf Studies. Areas of scholarly pursuit include cultural and historical studies, linguistic examination, and literary analysis, as well as the study of the language in its conversational form. Graduates will be prepared for entry-level positions working with Deaf persons. The program can be completed either as part-time or full-time in the day or evening.
Students are admitted to the ASL and Deaf Studies Program when they have demonstrated English competency. Deaf and Hard of Hearing students are encouraged to participate in this program.
Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates will be able to:
- Demonstrate proficiency in the use of American Sign Language and English with members of the Deaf community, effective written, spoken, and signed communication skills;
- Demonstrate knowledge of the studies of American Sign Language as a distinct modern language;
- Employ scholarly pursuit of cultural and historical studies;
- Apply linguistics and literary analysis of American Sign Language and its discourse styles;
- Analyze the social and cultural characteristics of American Deaf Culture diverse populations within the Deaf community, mainstream American culture and diverse cultures in America;
- Explain contemporary issues within the Deaf Community;
- Demonstrate the skills and motivation for continued self-education;
- Demonstrate critical thinking and problem solving skills, with emphasis on using community resources to solve specific problems;
- Demonstrate knowledge of factors that impact diversity, equity, and inclusive practices in Deaf education.
Conferences with respective instructor(s) are by appointment only. Information about the American Sign Language and Deaf Studies Programs may be obtained at the ASL&DS and AEIP office (Room 205, Plainfield Campus) or the Advising, Career, and Transfer Services Office at the Plainfield Campus.