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

HST 111The West and the World I

3 credits

PHL 152Ethics: Making Ethical Decisions in a Modern World

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:15

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 I

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 Pre-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 I

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

HST 111The West and the World I

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 Pre-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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