Liberal Arts and Science: Deaf Studies / Pre-Interpreting Option

This option is designed to meet the needs of students who wish to learn about Deafness and American Sign Language and want to pursue a career working directly with deaf and hard of hearing individuals. Although the Deaf Studies Option is similar to the ASL and English Interpreting degree, it does not require that students take courses specifically designed to enhance or teach interpreting skills. Instead, the Deaf Studies Option offers a more general education in liberal arts.   Apply & Register Program Details

This option is designed to meet the needs of students who wish to learn about Deafness and American Sign Language and want to pursue a career working directly with deaf and hard of hearing individuals. Although the Deaf Studies Option is similar to the ASL and English Interpreting degree, it does not require that students take courses specifically designed to enhance or teach interpreting skills. Instead, the Deaf Studies Option offers a more general education in liberal arts.

 


Area of Interest:
Humanities & Languages
Degree/Certificate:
Associate in Arts
Code Course Credits
First Year / First Semester
ENG-101 English Composition I 3
HIS-111 Western Civilization or  
HIS-101 World Civilization I 3
ASL-101 American Sign Language I 3
SLS-202 American Deaf Culture 3
...-... Social Science General Education Elective1 3
    15
Second Semester
ENG-102 English Composition II 3
HIS-112 Western Civilization II or  
HIS-102 World Civilization II or  
HPE-103 World Civilization III 3
ASL-102 American Sign Language II 3
ASL-103 Fingerspelling 3
...-... Social Science General Education Elective1 3
    16
Code Course Credits
Second Year / First Semester
ASL-201 American Sign Language III 3
ASL-200 ASL Essentials 3
SPE-102 Public Speaking 3
MTH-... Mathematics General Education Elective  
...-... Laboratory Science General Education Elective2 4
    16
Second Semester
ASL-202 American Sign Language IV 3
SLS-201 ASL Linguistics 3
...-... Technology General Education Elective  
MTH-... Mathematics General Education Elective or  
...-... Science General Education Elective 3/4
...-... Humanities General Education Elective
(not a History or Language course)
3
    15/16
  Total Minimum Credits 61/62
1 Recommended PSY-101 Basic Psychology and SOC-101 Introduction to Sociology
2 The following laboratory science courses are recommended for non-science majors: BIO-106, BIO-130, BIO-140, CHM-140, PHY-103

Program Goals

  • To instruct students to communicate in American Sign Language with a high degree of fluency.
  • To familiarize students with the Deaf Community and support services for deaf and hard of hearing.
  • To encourage students to become life-long learners by participating in deaf-related events and activities.
  • To foster in students the commitment to empower deaf people in society through support service initiatives.
  • To provide students with a broad knowledge base in deafness and sign language in order to become employed in deafness- related professions.
  • To provide students with a General Education foundation.
  • To prepare students to transfer to a four-year institution.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

At the end of the program, the graduate will be able to:

  1. Use American Sign Language fluently and express knowledge of ASL Linguistics.
  2. Describe the common practices, perspectives, and behaviors patterns of Deaf people and members of the Deaf Community in the Deaf Culture.
  3. Participate in deaf-related events and activities and with members of the Deaf Community.

Employment Opportunities

Though this curriculum does not prepare students for specific careers after graduation, the broad liberal arts background assists students in pursuing careers in deafness which require advanced degrees. These careers include education, counseling for the deaf, audiology, teaching, social work, finance and real estate.

Special Program Requirements

Students with signing experience and wishing to enter a higher-level ASL course may take the ASL Placement Test. Contact the Sally Ann H. Emilius to make an appointment via email.

Contact Persons

Professor Martine Howard, Coordinator
(856) 227-7200, ext. 4744
email: mhoward@camdencc.edu

Professor Sally Ann H. Emilius
email: semilius@camdencc.edu
ASL classes & ASL assessment

Professor Diane Falvo
(856) 227-7200, ext. 4540
email: dfalvo@camdencc.edu
Interpreting & EIPA information

Registration & Advisement
(856) 227-7200, ext. 4506

Additional information

CIP Code

24.0101

Program Code

SLS.AA