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: $38,790–$50,930 / 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.
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.
A minimum of 60 total credits chosen from the following categories:
Program Requirements36 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 Requirements24 Units (Credits)
Must include a writing course.
|Human Relations Requirement||3|
|Humanities/Social Science Requirement||3|
|U.S. and Nevada Constitution Requirements||3|
THTR 105 Recommended
Suggested Course Sequence
Program Requirements: 60 Credits. Please see a counselor or academic advisor for more information.
First Semester: 16 Credits
|Human Relations Course||3|
Second Semester: 16 Credits
|Humanities/Social Science Course||3|
Third Semester: 14 Credits
Fourth Semester: 14 Credits
|General Elective (THTR 105 recommended)||3|