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NOVA 2012-2013 College Catalog: Programs of Study

SOCIAL SCIENCES
Deaf Studies Specialization
 
Associate of Science Degree AN


Purpose:  This program is designed for persons who plan to transfer to a four-year college or university to complete a Bachelor of Science Degree (B.S.) in a program that requires a background in American Sign Language and the Deaf Community. Graduates may use their skills to work in Human Service fields such as daycare settings and as Teacher Assistants. Graduates from the program can also transfer to 4-year institutions and major in a wide variety of fields, including: ASL instruction, Deaf education, Linguistics, Deaf Studies (e.g. history, literature, research, etc.), Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, Human Services, Communication Sciences & Disorders, and Social Work.

Transfer Information:  This program provides transfer paths that include the general education courses and introductory major courses that students typically take during the first two years at a four-year college or university when they are majoring in a social science that deals with the Deaf Community. Because senior institutions differ in their requirements, students are strongly urged to work with their assigned advisor or a counselor and to acquaint themselves with the requirements of the major department in the college or university to which they plan to transfer. The responsibility for proper course selection rests with the student.

Special Admission Requirements
Admission to this program requires that a student demonstrate an intermediate level of ASL fluency. A grade of “C” or better in ASL 202 will satisfy this requirement.

Students may be able to waive the ASL requirement if they have prior experience in ASL. To demonstrate ASL competency, students must receive a score on the Sign Communication Proficiency Interview (SCPI) or the Gallaudet University American Sign Language Proficiency Interview (GU-ASLPI) of “Intermediate” or higher.

Two Years Credits
1st Semester
ASL 150 Working with Deaf and Hard of Hearing People 2
ASL 261 American Sign Language V 3
CST 110 Introduction to Communication or 3
  CST  126  Interpersonal Communication  
  CST  229  Intercultural Communication  
ENG 111 College Composition I 3
1MTH 151 Math for the Liberal Arts I or higher level MTH 3
2SDV 100 College Success Skills 1
Total   15
2nd Semester
ASL 125 History and Culture of the Deaf Community 3
ASL 262 American Sign Language VI 3
3ENG 112 College Composition II 3
1MTH 152 Math for the Liberal Arts II or higher-level MTH 3
4___ Social Science Elective 3
Total   15
3rd Semester
ITE 115 Intro to Computer Applications & Concepts 3
5HIS Elective 3
6___ Humanities/Fine Arts Elective 3
7SOC Elective 3
8___ Physical or Life Science Elective w/Lab 4
Total   16
4th Semester
ASL 225 Literature of the US Deaf Community 3
8___ Physical or Life Science Elective w/Lab 4
PED 116 Life Fitness & Wellness 1
4___ Social Science Elective 3
4__ Social Science Elective 3
Total   14
Total credits for the Deaf Studies Specialization=60

1 Many universities require MTH 151 or higher while others require MTH 163 or 166 or higher, often including a statistics course, for majors in the social sciences. It is therefore important that students confer with a counselor to determine the appropriate mathematics courses for their intended transfer university.

2 Students may substitute the SDV 101 Orientation section related to this program.

3 ENG 125 may be substituted with the advice of a counselor or academic advisor according to requirements of transfer institutions.

4 The social science elective may be selected from the social/behavioral sciences courses listed under General Education Electives. To meet requirements at many universities, students should enroll in at least one U.S. History course and one Western Civilization course. Students should consult with a counselor to determine the appropriate social science courses for their intended transfer university.

5 HIS 101 or 102 are recommended to meet the Western Civilization requirement at many universities.

6 Humanities/fine arts elective may be selected from the humanities/fine arts courses listed under General Education Electives. Electives should be selected with advice of a counselor or academic advisor to meet requirements of the transfer institution.

7 SOC 200 or 201 are recommended to meet the Sociology requirement at many universities.

8 The science elective may be selected from biology, chemistry, physics, geology, or natural science courses with a lab component, listed under General Education Electives. Some four-year colleges require a two-semester sequence.