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2017-2018 Catalog Year
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: $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 140American Sign Language I / II6

Students can take AM145 and AM146 in lieu of AM140 for slower paced coursework.

AM 141American Sign Language III / IV6

Students can take AM147 and AM148 in lieu of AM141 for slower paced coursework.

AM 149American Sign Language V4
AM 150American Sign Language VI4
AM 151Fingerspelling I1
AM 152Fingerspelling II1
AM 153Deaf Culture3
AM 154Deaf History3
AM 215Conversational ASL4
AM 216Receptive ASL4

General Education Requirements24 Units (Credits)

English/Communications Requirements
Must include a writing course.
Human Relations Requirement3
Humanities/Social Science Requirement3
Mathematics Requirement3
Science Requirement3
U.S. and Nevada Constitution Requirements3
General Electives
THTR 105 Recommended

Suggested Course Sequence

Program Requirements: 60 Credits. Please see a counselor or academic advisor for more information.

1st Year

First Semester: 16 Credits

AM 140* 6
AM 151 1
AM 154 3
English/Communication Course 3
Human Relations Course 3

Second Semester: 16 Credits

AM 141** 6
AM 152 1
AM 153 3
English/Communication Course 3
Humanities/Social Science Course 3

2nd Year

Third Semester: 14 Credits

AM 149 4
AM 215 4
Mathematics Course 3
U.S./Nevada Constitution 3

Fourth Semester: 14 Credits

AM 150 4
AM 216 4
General Elective (THTR 105 recommended) 3
Science Course 3