Western Nevada College

Deaf Studies

Associate of Applied Science

The Deaf Studies degree will help students develop knowledge about American Sign Language, cultural impacts related to being deaf or hard of hearing, and the state of Nevada statutory regulations which govern interpreting.

Salary: $32,600–$46,400 / year (Nevada)

Career Outlook: Faster than average growth

Good To Know: Demand is expected to increase due in part to laws that require services to be made available to the deaf. Interpreters are needed in schools, public agencies and health care facilities.

WNC Academic Division: Career and Technical Education

Total Requirements: 60 Units (Credits)

Course Requirements
Program Requirements 36 Units (Credits)
AM 140 American Sign Language I / II 6
Students can take AM145 and AM146 in lieu of AM140 for slower paced coursework.
AM 141 American Sign Language III / IV 6
Students can take AM147 and AM148 in lieu of AM141 for slower paced coursework.
AM 149 American Sign Language V 4
AM 150 American Sign Language VI 4
AM 151 Fingerspelling I 1
AM 152 Fingerspelling II 1
AM 153 Deaf Culture 3
AM 154 Deaf History 3
AM 215 Conversational ASL 4
AM 216 Receptive ASL 4
General Education Requirements 24 Units (Credits)
English/Communications Requirements
Must include a writing course.
Human Relations Requirement 3
Humanities/Social Science Requirement 3
Mathematics Requirement 3
Science Requirement 3
U.S. and Nevada Constitution Requirements 3
General Electives
THTR 105 Recommended
A list of all courses filling general education requirements for the Associate of Applied Science can be found on the Associate of Applied Science page.

Suggested Course Sequence

1st Year

First Semester: 16 Credits

Second Semester: 16 Credits

2nd Year

Third Semester: 14 Credits

Fourth Semester: 14 Credits

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:

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