Deaf Studies Professional

Degree offered

Certificate of Achievement in Deaf Studies Professional

Credits required 24


Ulli K. Ryder

Program contact

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

Program Code: DF

Program Goals Statement

The certificate provides professional development and/or specialization in Deaf Studies for professionals already working with Deaf people. Fundamental to this program are both American Sign Language competency and appreciation of the Deaf community as a cultural/linguistic minority.

Program Information

  • Prerequisite for admission minimum of Associate in Arts or Science and demonstrated ASL ability at the advanced beginner level.
  • Students with 30 or more college credits in liberal arts/general education including ENG 101 or equivalent, demonstrated ASL ability, and proof of related employment may meet with the program director to determine admission.
  • Students without the required language skills should choose the Deaf Studies Prep Certificate program or one of the Deaf Studies degree options.

Program Requirements

Program Courses

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 301Advanced American Sign Language I

4 credits

ASL 302Advanced American Sign Language II and Structure

4 credits

DST 101Introduction to Deaf Studies

4 credits

DST 110Deaf Culture

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:22

Choose one of the following

DST 151Deaf History

3 credits

DST 251Deaf Literature and ASL Folklore

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:3

Recommended Course Sequence - Fall Semester 1

DST 101, DST 110, ASL 201, ASL 283

Recommended Course Sequence - Spring Semester 2

ASL 202, DST 210

Recommended Course Sequence - Fall Semester 3

ASL 301

Recommended Course Sequence - Spring Semester 4

ASL 284, ASL 302 and DST 151 or DST 251

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