Deaf Studies Career

Degree offered

Associate in Arts in Deaf Studies

Deaf Studies Career

Credits required 65/66

Dean Joanne Preston

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

Program Goals Statement

This program provides a foundation in Deaf Studies as well as specialized workforce skills. C-Print™ is a computerized notetaking system invented at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf. Students in this option are preparing themselves to primarily work with Deaf/HH persons in educational settings. Students in this option are prepared to work upon graduation as an entry-level freelance C-Print™ captionists or to transfer to the BA/BS program of their choice.

Student Learning Outcomes

See Learning Outcomes

Infused General Education Competencies

First-Year Experience, Oral Communication

Program Information

BCC offers several Deaf Studies options to meet your career and academic goals.

This is not real time captioning (CART) as seen on TV.

Students can choose to take additional courses in Office Administration and earn their Foundations of C-Print or C-Print Captioning certificate.

In classroom settings, captionists may serve with other “auxiliary aides” such as interpreters. Understanding the role of interpreters, including their professional code of conduct, will be a benefit. As such, students may choose to take DST 121 Introduction to the ASL/English Interpreting Profession as an extra elective.

Special Requirements

Students need to demonstrate keyboarding speed of 40 wpm in a three minute timing before starting C-Print courses.

Students must possess an aptitude for phonetics and keyboarding.

Students should be familiar with word processing and how to use a lap top.

After BCC

Students can work as entry level captionists, or captionist/aides in a K-12 Deaf ed setting, or can transfer to the BA/BS program of their choice.

Students who plan to transfer into interpreter training on a part-time basis may find it quite beneficial to work as captionists utilizing and maintaining their signing ability and Deaf cultural norms

Degree Requirements

General Courses

COM 113Interpersonal Speech

3 credits

ENG 101Composition I: College Writing

3 credits

ENG 102Composition II: Writing about Literature

3 credits

PHL 152Ethics: Making Ethical Decisions in a Modern World

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:12

Choose one of the following

PSY 101General Psychology

3 credits

SOC 101Principles of Sociology

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:3

Choose from MassTransfer electives, unless otherwise specified

Behavioral/Social Science Elective

3 credits

Historic Awareness Elective

3 credits

Behavioral/Social Science elective: (PSY 101 or SOC 101)

Elective Courses

Scientific Reasoning and Discovery Elective - Lab

4 credits

Total Credit Hours:4
See General Education Competency Courses for course listings

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

DSC 221Introduction to Speech to Text Support Services in the Deaf Community

3 credits

DSC 235Speech to Text for the Deaf Community

3 credits

DSC 236Speech to Text for the Deaf Community Practicum

1 credit

DSC 281Speech to Text for the Deaf Community Practicum

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:39

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

PSY 101General Psychology

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

COM 113Interpersonal Speech

3 credits

DSC 221Introduction to Speech to Text Support Services in the Deaf Community

3 credits

DST 151Deaf History

3 credits

PSY/SOC Elective

3 credits

PHL 152Ethics: Making Ethical Decisions in a Modern World

3 credits

Recommended Course Sequence - Summer

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

Recommended Course Sequence - Fall Semester 3

ASL 201Intermediate American Sign Language I

3 credits

DSC 235Speech to Text for the Deaf Community

3 credits

DSC 236Speech to Text for the Deaf Community Practicum

1 credit

DST 210The Deaf Community in Society

3 credits

ENG 102Composition II: Writing about Literature

3 credits

Mathematics Elective

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

DSC 281Speech to Text for the Deaf Community Practicum

1 credit

DST 251Deaf Literature and ASL Folklore

3 credits

History Elective

3 credits

Lab Science Elective

4 credits

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