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Deaf Studies

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Our program teaches the knowledge and skills of American Sign Language, Deaf culture and history, Deaf education and the interpreting profession.

The Deaf Studies curriculum provides students with the knowledge and skills of American Sign Language (ASL). It also focuses on the uniqueness of ASL as a language and on the the Deaf culture; on the history of the Deaf Community; on Deaf educational practices and on the Interpreting profession. The curriculum is designed to assist students in determining which area of Deaf Studies to enter or to aide them in the area they are currently pursuing.

Deaf Studies courses and American Sign Language can be used to:

  • meet personal needs in communicating with deaf people
  • learn about the social, historical, educational and cultural aspects of the Deaf
  • prepare to enter the field of Deaf education
  • provide added skills in the fields of counseling, psychology, speech therapy, audiology, nursing, business and education
  • assist law enforcement officers, fire fighters and emergency medical technicians and satisfies the bilingual requirement
  • meet the foreign language requirement at most high schools and colleges, including the CSU and UC systems
  • meet the learning style of visual/ tactile learners, who may more easily grasp the American Sign Language concepts
  • prepare for an interpreter training program
  • meet the Humanities General Education requirement for a Bachelor’s degree in the CSU and UC systems
  • transfer to a BA program in Deaf Studies

The Deaf Studies Program at Sierra College offers a full range of courses, from beginning to advanced. Students with no knowledge or skill in sign language can enroll in beginning ASL / DFST 1.

Our goal is to provide quality instruction for students taking ASL as a foreign language and students seeking careers in Deaf Education, Interpreting, Counseling, Audiology and Speech Therapy. The Deaf Studies curriculum provides students with the foundation needed to continue their education at a higher-level institution.

The Deaf Studies program offers many different experiences, including:

  • Guest speakers such as author Dr. Angel Ramos and Deaf FBI agent Sue Thomas
  • Workshops to improve ASL skills
  • Deaf culture field trips
  • ASL Club benefits like fun monthly gatherings, graduation parties, t-shirts and more

American Sign Language

A.A. Degree and/or Certificate

Learning how to communicate via American Sign Language is vital to working with the Deaf. We provide courses of varying levels to meet you where you are, from learning basic grammar to advanced ASL. The Deaf Studies: American Sign Language degree program will also prepare you for transfer to a four-year program as a Deaf Studies major. This is a vital course if you wish to become skilled signer in both personal and work-related use.

The Deaf Studies program offers courses leading to a certificate as well as an Associate in Arts degree. The Deaf Studies: American Sign Language degree program is designed to prepare students to transfer to a four-year baccalaureate program as a Deaf Studies major. The degree and certificate program helps develop Sign Language skills fluent enough to communicate as skilled signers for personal or work-related use.

American Sign Language Gainful Employment Information

Occupations (SOC code) Teacher Assistants
25-9041.00
CIPC Code 161601
Semester Units Required 19
Normal Time to Completion Rounded (months)** 12
Estimated Total Fees $922
Estimated Total Cost of Books and Supplies $1501
Optional Dorm Fee: Estimated Total $6824
Students Completing the Program 2009-10* 11
On-Time Completion Count* 1
On-Time Completion Rate (%)* 9%
Median Loan Amount* 0
* Where completions number fewer than 10, data may not be disclosed due to confidentiality regulations
** Based on full time attendance

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  • Image Location: W 201E
  • W 201E
  • 5000 Rocklin Rd.
    Rocklin, CA 95677

Pamela Amundsen Part-time Instructor, Deaf Studies

  • LR 113
  • 5000 Rocklin Rd.
    Rocklin, CA 95677

Sean Benson Part-time Instructor, Deaf Studies

  • LR 113
  • 5000 Rocklin Rd.
    Rocklin, CA 95677

Erica Campbell Part-time Instructor, Deaf Studies

  • LR 113
  • 5000 Rocklin Rd.
    Rocklin, CA 95677

Terry Eckley Part-time Instructor, Deaf Studies

  • LR 113
  • 5000 Rocklin Rd.
    Rocklin, CA 95677

Don Hanaumi Part-time Instructor, Deaf Studies

  • LR 113
  • 5000 Rocklin Rd.
    Rocklin, CA 95677

Bobbette Long Part-time Instructor, Deaf Studies

  • LR 113
  • 5000 Rocklin Rd.
    Rocklin, CA 95677

Katrina Rogers Part-time Instructor, Deaf Studies

  • LR 113
  • 5000 Rocklin Rd.
    Rocklin, CA 95677

Patrick Weeks Part-time Instructor, Deaf Studies

  • LR 113
  • 5000 Rocklin Rd.
    Rocklin, CA 95677
  • Image Location: N1 111
  • N1 111
  • 250 Sierra College Dr.
    Grass Valley, CA 95945
  • (530) 274-5300
  • (530) 274-5324

Byron Cantrell Part-time Instructor, Deaf Studies, NCC

  • N1 111
  • 250 Sierra College Dr.
    Grass Valley, CA 95945

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