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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 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:

  • meet personal needs in communicating with deaf people
  • learn about the social, historical, educational and cultural aspects of the Deaf
  • prepare to enter the field of Deaf education
  • provide added skills in the fields of counseling, psychology, speech therapy, audiology, nursing, business and education
  • assist law enforcement officers, fire fighters and emergency medical technicians and satisfies the bilingual requirement
  • meet the foreign language requirement at most high schools and colleges, including the CSU and UC systems
  • meet the learning style of visual/ tactile learners, who may more easily grasp the American Sign Language concepts
  • prepare for an interpreter training program
  • meet the Humanities General Education requirement for a Bachelor’s degree in the CSU and UC systems
  • transfer to a BA program in Deaf Studies

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:

  • Guest speakers such as author Dr. Angel Ramos and Deaf FBI agent Sue Thomas
  • Workshops to improve ASL skills
  • Deaf culture field trips
  • ASL Club benefits like fun monthly gatherings, graduation parties, t-shirts and more

Deaf Studies—American Sign Language

AA Degree and/or Certificate of Achievement

The Deaf Studies program offers courses leading to a certificate as well as an Associate of Arts degree. The Deaf StudiesAmerican 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. In all cases, students should consult with a counselor for more information on university admission and transfer requirements. For the degree, students must fulfill the following major requirements with grades of “C” or better, complete a minimum of 60 degree-applicable semester units (12 of which must be completed at Sierra College) with a grade point average of at least 2.0 and complete one of the following three general education patterns:

  • Sierra College Associate Degree Requirements;
  • California State University General Education Breadth pattern;
  • Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC).

A certificate is designed to provide career technical skills; it is not equivalent to an associate degree.

American Sign Language Gainful Employment Information

Program Student Learning Outcomes (PSLOs)

  • Improve receptive skills in ASL and draw reasonable inferences from observations
  • Cultivate an openness to new ideas about Deaf awareness and cultural appreciation by reading and examining new ideas from ASL material
  • Improve signing abilities by storytelling using correct grammar and syntax of ASL
  • Improve expressive skills in ASL by using correct grammar and syntax

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  • 5100 Sierra College Blvd.
    Rocklin, CA 95677
  • Fall and Spring M-Th: 8:00am - 5:30pm
    F: 8:00am - 12:00pm

Pamela Amundsen Part-time Instructor, Deaf Studies

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Sean Benson Part-time Instructor, Deaf Studies

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Erica Campbell Part-time Instructor, Deaf Studies

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Terry Eckley Part-time Instructor, Deaf Studies

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Don Hanaumi Part-time Instructor, Deaf Studies

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Bobbette Long Part-time Instructor, Deaf Studies

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Katrina Rogers Part-time Instructor, Deaf Studies

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Patrick Weeks Part-time Instructor, Deaf Studies

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Byron Cantrell Part-time Instructor, Deaf Studies, NCC

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Monica Nitz Part-time Instructor, Deaf Studies

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