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Deaf Cultural Studies-American Sign Language Certificate

J. Matt Searls, Program Contact
(585) 475-5707, jmsdhd@rit.edu

http://www.rit.edu/NTID/ds

Program overview

The Deaf cultural studies-American Sign Language certificate offers deaf and hard-of-hearing students the opportunity to understand the deaf community as an entity unto itself and within the context of society as a whole.

Knowledge, skills, and abilities learned through this program of study include: understanding the structure of ASL and the application of linguistic principles to other languages (specifically English); enhancement of bilingual skills to improve communication; increased knowledge of Deaf culture and Deaf history; a heightened sense of self-concept, self-esteem, and self-confidence; improved presentation skills; and enhanced literacy and critical thinking skills.

Candidates for this certificate must complete or have already completed an undergraduate degree program at NTID/RIT.

Curriculum

Deaf cultural studies-ASL, certificate, typical course sequence

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
Choose three of the following courses: 9
   NHSS-159    Deaf Community in the Modern World  
   NHSS-260    Deaf People and Civil Rights  
   NHSS-270    Multiculturalism in the Deaf Community  
   NASL-275    Structure of ASL  
   NHSS-269    Visual Expressions of Deafhood  
   NHSS-279    Seminar in Deaf Cultural Studies  
Total Semester Credit Hours 9

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Quarter Curriculum - For Reference Only

Effective fall 2013, RIT will convert its academic calendar from quarters to semesters. The following content has been made available as reference only. Currently matriculated students who began their academic programs in quarters should consult their academic adviser for guidance and course selection.

Program overview

The deaf cultural studies/American Sign Language certificate program offers deaf and hard-of-hearing students the opportunity to understand the deaf community as an entity unto itself and within the context of society as a whole. The program consists of two tracks: the advocacy and community track and the American Sign Language studies track.

Both tracks address the historical, anthropological, linguistic, literary, artistic, and multicultural aspects of deaf people’s lives. Knowledge, skills, and abilities learned through this program of study include: understanding the structure of ASL and the application of linguistic principles to other languages (specifically English); enhancement of bilingual skills to improve communication; increased knowledge of deaf culture and deaf history; a heightened sense of self-concept, self-esteem, and self-confidence; improved presentation skills; and enhanced literacy and critical thinking skills.

The advocacy and community track improves students’ ability to advocate for their rights in the workplace and contribute to leadership in the greater community. The ASL studies track enhances students’ marketability as teachers of ASL and deaf culture in the workplace, at schools, or within the greater community.

Candidates are granted the certificate upon successful completion of the course requirements in either of the tracks. Courses are offered as part of the NTID social sciences and humanities curricula. Applicants for the deaf cultural studies/American Sign Language certificate must be either matriculated students in good standing in an undergraduate degree program at RIT/NTID or graduates holding a degree from an RIT/NTID program. Introduction to Deaf Cultural Studies and ASL (0880-190) is a prerequisite for admission to the program.

Curriculum

Semester conversion
Effective fall 2013, RIT will convert its academic calendar from quarters to semesters. Each program and its associated courses have been sent to the New York State Department of Education for approval of the semester plan. For reference, the following charts illustrate the typical course sequence for this program in both quarters and semesters. Students should consult their academic advisers with questions regarding planning and course selection.

Deaf cultural studies-ASL (advocacy and community track), certificate, typical course sequence (quarters)

CourseQtr. Cr. Hrs.
0882-222 Deaf Culture and Community 3
0882-285 Civil Rights and Deaf People 3
0886-249 Structure of ASL 3
0880-207 Organizational Communication and the Deaf Employee 3
Total Quarter Credit Hours 12

Deaf cultural studies-ASL (American Sign Language studies track), certificate, typical course sequence (quarters)

CourseQtr. Cr. Hrs.
0882-222 Deaf Culture and Community 3
0886-249 Structure of ASL 3
0886-250 Introduction to ASL Teaching 3
Choose one of the following electives: 3
   0880-207    Organizational Communication and the Deaf Employee  
   0882-221    Deaf Heritage  
   0882-223    Deaf Women’s Studies  
   0882-285    Civil Rights and Deaf People  
Total Quarter Credit Hours 12

Deaf cultural studies-ASL, certificate, typical course sequence (semesters), effective fall 2013

CourseSem. Cr. Hrs.
Choose three of the following courses: 9
   NHSS-159    Deaf Community in the Modern World  
   NHSS-260    Deaf People and Civil Rights  
   NHSS-270    Multiculturalism in the Deaf Community  
   NASL-275    Structure of ASL  
   NHSS-269    Visual Expressions of Deafhood  
   NHSS-279    Seminar in Deaf Cultural Studies  
Total Semester Credit Hours 9