Northwest Community College

Deaf Studies Certificate

Mission | Faculty | Outcomes | Coursework

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 and storytelling.
4. Understand the linguistic aspects of American Sign Language.
5. Educate others with information on deafness and available resources

Coursework
SEMESTER 1
ASL* 101 American Sign Language I - 3 credits 
DSC* 101 Visual/Gestural Communication - 3 credits 
SEMESTER 2
ASL* 102 American Sign Language II - 3 credits 
DSC* 114 Intro to Deaf People & Deaf Culture I - 3 credits 
SEMESTER 3
ASL* 201 American Sign Language III - 3 credits 
ASL* 205 Linguistics of ASL - 3 credits 
DSC* 218 Selected Topics in Deaf Studies - 3 credits 
SEMESTER 4
ASL* 202 American Sign Language IV - 3 credits 
DSC* 219 ASL Literature - 3 credits 
DSC* 222 Field Experience in Deaf Studies - 3 credits 
TOTAL CREDITS 30

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