Our program teaches the knowledge and skills of American Sign Language, Deaf culture and history, Deaf education and the interpreting profession.
The Deaf Studies curriculum provides students with the knowledge and skills of American Sign Language (ASL). It also focuses on the uniqueness of ASL as a language and on the the Deaf culture; on the history of the Deaf Community; on Deaf educational practices and on the Interpreting profession. The curriculum is designed to assist students in determining which area of Deaf Studies to enter or to aide them in the area they are currently pursuing.
Deaf Studies courses and American Sign Language can be used to:
The Deaf Studies Program at Sierra College offers a full range of courses, from beginning to advanced. Students with no knowledge or skill in sign language can enroll in beginning ASL / DFST 1.
Our goal is to provide quality instruction for students taking ASL as a foreign language and students seeking careers in Deaf Education, Interpreting, Counseling, Audiology and Speech Therapy. The Deaf Studies curriculum provides students with the foundation needed to continue their education at a higher-level institution.
The Deaf Studies program offers many different experiences, including:
Learning how to communicate via American Sign Language is vital to working with the Deaf. We provide courses of varying levels to meet you where you are, from learning basic grammar to advanced ASL. The Deaf Studies: American Sign Language degree program will also prepare you for transfer to a four-year program as a Deaf Studies major. This is a vital course if you wish to become skilled signer in both personal and work-related use.
The Deaf Studies program offers courses leading to a certificate as well as an Associate in Arts degree. The Deaf Studies: American Sign Language degree program is designed to prepare students to transfer to a four-year baccalaureate program as a Deaf Studies major. The degree and certificate program helps develop Sign Language skills fluent enough to communicate as skilled signers for personal or work-related use.
|Occupations (SOC code)||Teacher Assistants
|Semester Units Required||19|
|Normal Time to Completion Rounded (months)**||12|
|Estimated Total Fees||$922|
|Estimated Total Cost of Books and Supplies||$1501|
|Optional Dorm Fee: Estimated Total||$6824|
|Students Completing the Program 2009-10*||11|
|On-Time Completion Count*||1|
|On-Time Completion Rate (%)*||9%|
|Median Loan Amount*||0|
|* Where completions number fewer than 10, data may not be disclosed due to confidentiality regulations
** Based on full time attendance