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Deaf Studies

Deaf studies includes instruction in American Sign Language (ASL) and Interpreter Training. ASL includes emphasis on linguistic theory and research, as well as deaf culture, deaf history and deaf education practices. A certificate and associate degree are available.

What certificates/degrees can I earn?

What will I learn?

The Deaf Studies program can provide the skills and knowledge required to communicate with the Deaf community. The program focuses on developing and utilizing American Sign Language skills to provide communication access for persons who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing.  Students who complete the Associate Degree will have marketable skills  for employment working with the Deaf community. 

What kinds of classes are offered?

Depending on the certificate or degree path chosen, there are a variety of courses offered that are designed to develop abilities in American Sign Language and Interpreter Studies.  The DFST 101 (American Sign Language I) course is designed to mainly introduce ASL, a visual-gestural language used by the Deaf community in the United States and Canada.  Courses such as DFST 101L (American Sign Language I Skill Building Lab) is designed to further develop vocabulary, ASL grammar, finger-spelling and basic conversational skills.  INT 101 (Principles of Sign Language Interpreting) introduces students to the profession of Sign Language Interpreting, with topics covered such as the history and definitions of Interpreting, modes and methods and the Professional Standard and Code of Professional Conduct. These courses along with the various other courses offered in the Deaf Studies Program, are all designed to enhance your skills for employment in the field of Deaf Studies.

What are possible jobs in this field?

Who could hire me?

City, County, State and Federal agencies have increasing demands for Sign Language Intrepreters.  Hospitals, schools and varying other industries are in demand for Speech Language Pathologists, Teachers and Paraeducators. 

What’s the average pay range for local jobs in this field?

Annual salaries can range from the mid $40,000's and up, depending on the employer, position and experience.

Sounds great! How do I get more information?

Go to the Student Services Bldg to speak with a Counselor for more information on your career options.

Last updated: October 12, 2017