Deaf Studies Transfer Program

Degree offered

Associate in Arts in Deaf Studies Transfer

Credits required 62-64

Dean Joanne Preston

Program contact Sandra Lygren, Coordinator and Professor of Deaf Studies, ext. 2748

Program Goals Statement

Deaf Studies explores the language, culture, history and contemporary issues of Deaf people. Fundamental to our program are both competency in American Sign Language and a desire to work with the Deaf community as allies (or members) and not on their behalf. This program prepares students, both Deaf and hearing, who are interested in a professional career working with Deaf, hard-of-hearing or late-deafened persons to transfer to a four-year college or university in the field of their choice.

Student Learning Outcomes

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Infused Competencies

First-Year Experience

Recommendations

Students requiring developmental coursework should complete this in their first semester.

Students should take ASL 101 and DST 101 in their first fall.

Students who did not follow, or were not offered, a college prep track in high school, may find a part time credit load is one way to adjust to the rigors of this program of study.

After BCC

BCC participates in the statewide MassTransfer program and has developed many program-to-program transfer articulation agreements which guarantee admission and credit transfer. For a complete listing of eligible MassTransfer programs and current BCC articulation agreements, visit the Transfer Affairs Web site at www.BristolCC.edu/transfer

Degree Requirements

General Courses

ENG 101Composition I: College Writing

3 credits

ENG 102Composition II: Writing about Literature

3 credits

PSY 101General Psychology

3 credits

SOC 101Principles of Sociology

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:12

Choose one of the following

HST 111The West and the World I

3 credits

HST 112The West and the World II

3 credits

HST 113United States History to 1877

3 credits

HST 114United States History from 1877

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:3

Elective Courses

Behavioral/Social Science Elective

3 credits

Communications Elective

3 credits

Lab Science Elective

4 credits

Elective - Science

3-4 credits

Total Credit Hours:13-14

Choose from MassTransfer list, unless otherwise specified

Program Courses

ASL 101Elementary American Sign Language

3 credits

ASL 102Elementary American Sign Language II

3 credits

ASL 181Visual/Gestural Communication

2 credits

ASL 201Intermediate American Sign Language I

3 credits

ASL 202Intermediate American Sign Language II

3 credits

ASL 284ASL/Deaf Studies Capstone Seminar

1 credit

ASL 285Community-based Learning in Deaf Studies

1 credit

DST 101Introduction to Deaf Studies

3 credits

DST 110Deaf Culture

3 credits

DST 151Deaf History

3 credits

DST 210The Deaf Community in Society

3 credits

DST 251Deaf Literature and ASL Folklore

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:31

Recommended Course Sequence - Fall Semester 1

ASL 101Elementary American Sign Language

3 credits

DST 101Introduction to Deaf Studies

3 credits

DST 110Deaf Culture

3 credits

ENG 101Composition I: College Writing

3 credits

SOC 101Principles of Sociology

3 credits

Recommended Course Sequence - Spring Semester 2

ASL 102Elementary American Sign Language II

3 credits

ASL 181Visual/Gestural Communication

2 credits

DST 151Deaf History

3 credits

Communications Elective

3 credits

PSY 101General Psychology

3 credits

Recommended Course Sequence - Summer

Students may opt to take General Education courses during the summer between semesters 2 and 3 to lighten course load.

Recommended Course Sequence - Fall Semester 3

ASL 201Intermediate American Sign Language I

3 credits

DST 210The Deaf Community in Society

3 credits

Elective - Science

3 -4 credits

B/SS Elective

3 credits

ENG 102Composition II: Writing about Literature

3 credits

Recommended Course Sequence - Spring Semester 4

ASL 202Intermediate American Sign Language II

3 credits

ASL 284ASL/Deaf Studies Capstone Seminar

1 credit

ASL 285Community-based Learning in Deaf Studies

1 credit

DST 251Deaf Literature and ASL Folklore

3 credits

Lab Science Elective

4 credits

Program Information

  • Deaf Studies provides a foundation for interpreters, but, is not an interpreter training program(ITP). Students wanting to become professional interpreters will transfer on to an ITP and must pass a theoretical and practical assessment to become “qualified interpreters”. 
  • Students who have taken non-credit “sign language classes” in the past, or, are heritage signers (Deaf/signing family) should meet with the program director to discuss Prior Experiential Learning (PEL) opportunities. 
  • Although individual courses may be offered on different campuses in both day/evening,program courses are primarily offered on the Fall River campus as day enrollments. Some Deaf Studies courses may be offered completely on-line 
  • Standards & Expectations
  • Students not earning a C or better in any ASL class, or DST 110 Deaf Culture will not be able to complete the program and should speak to the program director about options. 
  • Students spend an additional hour per week engaged in language lab activities with every ASL class taken. Students are expected to attend various Deaf events and get involved with their program throughout their studies to apply their language skills and develop them further in real world, practical situations. 
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