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Associate of Applied Science: 2013–2014 Catalog Year

Deaf Studies

Mission and Outcomes

Mission: The mission of the Western Nevada College Deaf Studies AA Degree Program is to provide quality education to students, developing their comprehensive expressive/receptive skills in American Sign Language, fingerspelling fluency and knowledge of the history and culture of people who are deaf or hard of hearing. Students are provided a strong foundation in which to enter numerous high-demand professional fields that provide services to deaf or hard of hearing people.

Student Learning Outcomes: Upon completing the Deaf Studies Associate of Arts program, students will be able to:

  • Produce basic expressive/receptive sign language communicative skills
  • Demonstrate appropriate ASL linguistic and grammatical structure in signing
  • Demonstrate functional language aptitude in American Sign Language
  • Produce basic expressive/receptive signing of personal heredity and cultural traditions
  • Produce basic expressive/receptive signing of biographic and autobiographic events
  • Produce basic expressive/receptive signing of number systems - functional & abstract
  • Produce basic expressive/receptive signing of major life activities and special occasions
  • Demonstrate knowledge of linguistic, cultural, educational and social aspects of people who are deaf or hard of hearing
  • Demonstrate basic knowledge of historical, political, audiological, educational and linguistic in relation to the history of people who are deaf or hard of hearing.
  • Demonstrate basic fluency in receptive and expressive pragmatics and production of fingerspelling in ASL

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