The two-year program prepares students to work with the deaf and hard-of-hearing population in a variety of entry-level positions.
Upon completion of this degree, students will be able to:
Students will use these ASL competencies and knowledge to help them further study at a four-year institution or pursue an entry-level career. Entry-level career opportunities include, but are not limited to: para-educators, dormitory residential advisors, job coaches, and communication specialists.
A.S. in Arts and Science
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This course is the first half of the college composition sequence and focuses on expository writing, critical thinking, and research, with emphases on the following: critical reading and interpretation of nonfiction texts; engaging with and analyzing texts; using summary, paraphrase, and quotation; finding, evaluating and documenting sources; and writing with purpose. Students will produce approximately 3000 words of formal written work, including a documented research paper of at least 1250 words. 4 class hours Prerequisite: Appropriate scores on English placement tests or C- or better in ENG 095 or C- or better in ENG 097 and ENG 098, or C- or better in ENG 096 or ENG 099.
This course is the second half of the first-year composition sequence and focuses on comprehending literary works, thinking critically, and writing analytically. The emphasis is on writing critically about fiction, poetry, and drama. Frequent short essays are assigned, amounting to a total of approximately 3000 words. Prerequisite: ENG 101 with a grade of C- or better
Introduction to the study and principles of behavior. Topics include general principles of scientific investigation; physiological bases of behavior including sensation, perception, learning, emotion, and motivation; development; individual differences; attitudes; and group dynamics. Prerequisite: Eligibility for ENG 101.
A scientific examination of human social phenomena. Major topics include interaction, statuses and roles, groups, social institutions, culture, socialization, social control, conforming and deviant behavior, collective behavior, social inequality, demography, social change, urbanism, industrialism and globalization. Prerequisite: Eligibility for ENG 101
Select from the following courses: ANT 101, ANT 103, ANT 110, ANT 114, ANT 120, ANT 130, ANT 150, ANT 250, CRJ 110, CRJ 117, CRJ 208, CRJ 210, CRJ 217, ECN 100, ECN 101, ECN 102, ECN 120, ECN150, ECN 250, GEO 110, GRT 110, GRT 120, HON 206, HSV 205, HSV 208, HSV 210, HSV 212, HSV 226, LAW 215, POL 101, POL 110, POL 120, POL 125, POL 140, POL 150, POL 230, PSY 110, PSY 203, PSY 210, PSY 215, PSY 216, PSY 217, PSY 218, PSY 220, PSY 222, PSY 224, PSY 225, PSY 230, PSY 233, PSY 242, PSY 250, PSY 260, PSY 265, PSY 270, SOC 110, SOC 130, SOC 204, SOC 208, SOC 210, SOC 213, SOC 214, SOC 215, SOC 220, SOC 240, SOC250, SSN 120, SSN 230, WST 100, WST 215, WST 217
Laboratory Science [E] ElectivesAST 110, AST 140, BIO 101, BIO 102, BIO 106, BIO 107, BIO 108, BIO 110, BIO 111, BIO 120, BIO 130, BIO 215, BIO 217, BIO 218, BIO 222, BIO 223, BIO 229, BIO 230, BIO 243, CHM 101, CHM 102, CHM 113, CHM 114, CHM 121, CHM 124, CHM 221, CHM 222, CHM 224, EGR 110, EGR 111, ESC 110, ESC 111, ESC 115, ESC 120, ESC 130, ENV 120, ENV 124, ENV 137, ENV 138, ENV 140, ENV 253, FRS 100, FRS 101, FRS 110, FRS 201, PHS 101, PHS 102, PHS 111, PHS 112, PHS 201, SEM 110, SEM 111, SEM 116, SEM 130, SUS 101, SUS 102, SUS 103, SUS 116, SUS 216
Laboratory Science [E] ElectivesAST 110, AST 140, BIO 101, BIO 102, BIO 106, BIO 107, BIO 108, BIO 110, BIO 111, BIO 120, BIO 130, BIO 215, BIO 217, BIO 218, BIO 222, BIO 223, BIO 229, BIO 230, BIO 243, CHM 101, CHM 102, CHM 113, CHM 114, CHM 121, CHM 124, CHM 221, CHM 222, CHM 224, EGR 110, EGR 111, ESC 111, ESC 115, ESC 120, ESC 130, ENV 120, ENV 124, ENV 137, ENV 138, ENV 140, ENV 253, FRS 100, FRS 101, FRS 110, FRS 201, PHS 101, PHS 102, PHS 111, PHS 112, PHS 201, SEM 110, SEM 111, SEM 116, SEM 130, SUS 101, SUS 102, SUS 103, SUS 116, SUS 216
This course is an introduction to American Sign Language. Emphasis in this course is the development of receptive and expressive skills in ASL as will as the knowledge of the Deaf community. Awareness of basic cultural information for communication interaction is included. Basic conversational skills are emphasized.
This course is a continuation of ASL 101. It furthers the development of ASL receptive and expressive skills by introducing more complex lexical and grammatical structures, non-manual signals and advanced dialogues. Prerequisite: C or better in ASL 101 or appropriate score on ASL Competency Exam
This course builds upon ASL 102. It expands the use of ASL grammar, syntax, vocabulary and spatial references. Use of classifiers is heavily emphasized. Prerequisite: C or better in ASL 102 or appropriate score on ASL Competency Exam
This course is a continuation of ASL 201. Continued refinement of receptive and expressive skills will be emphasized. Skills in conversations and storytelling are stressed and are more complex. Prerequisite: C or better in ASL 201 or appropriate score on ASL Competency Exam
This course introduces a variety of topics relating to deaf people in America. Topics include, but are not limited to, communication modes used by deaf people, educational philosophies, technology used in the deaf community, various professions in which one can work with deaf people, Deaf culture, and different perspectives about deaf people. Through readings, lectures, guest speakers, and class discussions, these topics and more will be discussed and myths will be dispelled.
This course provides an in-depth study of American Deaf culture and the American Deaf community from the multidisciplinary perspective. Language, values, traditions, social interactions, and diversity of membership are discussed through readings, guest speakers, lectures and class discussion. Prerequisite: ENG 101
This course presents the history of deaf people starting with the ancient world and progressing to present day America. Topics include the history of oppression and accomplishments of deaf people, various historical views of deaf people, the treatment of deaf people, the influence of European philosophy on the American deaf community, the rise of schools for the deaf and modern Deaf empowerment movement. Prerequisite: ENG 101 (Same as HIS 108)
This course will prepare students for their practicum experience and help lay the foundation for future employment in the field. Through a combination of lecture, class discussion, guest speakers, and professional readings, students will become acquainted with various professions that work with the deaf/hard-of-hearing population. This will culminate with the students' final plan for their subsequent practicum. Prerequisite: ENG 101 and DFS 101, Pre/Co-requisite: ASL 201
This course explores the rich literary works of deaf people and their experience. Various literary genres, such as novels, films, poetry and humor, are discussed and analyzed through readings, videotapes and lectures. Prerequisite: ENG 102 and ASL 201
This course gives students the experience of working in the field with deaf/hard-of-hearing individuals in a supervised setting approved by the coordinator of Deaf Studies. Students will enhance their receptive and expressive skills in ASL as will as increase experience in the knowledge of Deaf culture. Students must complete 100 placement hours and attend a one-and-a-half-hour weekly seminar to discuss issues raised in the field. Placements include educational settings, independent living agencies and agencies that serve the deaf/hard-of-hearing population. CORI/SORI check may be required. Prerequisite: DFS 204 (Pre-Practicum In Deaf Studies), Pre/Co-requisite: ASL 202 and permission from the Deaf Studies Department Chair
An introduction to the field, emphasizing the similarities and differences among societies with different economic, social, political, and religious traditions. Several societies with cultures quite different from our own are studied in detail. Theories about social structure and culture, the research methods used by anthropologists, and the ethics of anthropological research and applied anthropology are covered.
An examination of the historical development and current legal status of civil liberties and civil rights in the United States. Inquiries include such major constitutional principles as the development of American federalism and the purpose of the separation of powers within the American national government, as well as the tension between majoritarian rule and individual rights, the tension between judicial review and democratic accountability, and the evolving meaning of the Bill of Rights.
A study of human development with emphasis on the broad physical, maturational, and behavioral changes occurring throughout the life span and the factors and conditions that influence these changes. Prerequisite: PSY 110
An introduction to the study, principles and findings of Social Psychology. Topics include methods of research; social perception (self-perception, perception of others and perceiving groups); social influence (attitudes and conformity); social relations (attractions, altruism and aggression) and applying social psychology (law, business and health). Prerequisite: PSY 110
A study of the principles of development, learning, and measurement applied to educational situations. Examination of contemporary theories of learning. Prerequisite: PSY 110
A sociological examination of the nature, causes and consequences of, and potential solutions for, social problems. Attention will be focused on problems of deviant behavior, structural problems, problems of inequality, institutional problems, and global survival problems. Prerequisite: SOC 110
Critically examines the cycle of conflict in western society and provides an overview of traditional and alternative strategies of conflict resolution, including mediation. The complexities of power imbalances and cultural differences are explored within the frameworks of personal and structural conflict. Conflict is viewed as an opportunity for growth and empowerment, rather than merely as a problem to be solved. Students learn conflict resolution and mediation skills that are transferable to work, home and school.
What is language? What is an accent? How do children learn language? These are some of the questions explored in this introductory course about language structure. This course investigates the nature of sounds, words, sentences, meanings, and conversations. The course applies learned concepts to other areas of language study: language acquisition, dialect variation, sign language, and language change. Emphasis is placed on collection and analysis of everyday language examples. Prerequisite: Eligibility for ENG 101