The NTID Department of Liberal Studies (DLS) provides opportunities for all students who are deaf or hard-of-hearing to reach their academic potential and become responsible, global citizens and life-long learners. Faculty meet the needs of students through a variety of communication strategies as well as offering a unique approach to educating deaf and hard-of-hearing students in RIT’s College of Liberal Arts (CLA).
The associate in science (AS) degree in applied liberal arts is designed to prepare deaf and hard-of-hearing students to enter and successfully complete a bachelor’s degree in RIT’s College of Liberal Arts. This program is available for qualified deaf and hard of hearing students.
The pre-baccalaureate studies program is available to students who are accepted by NTID and are close to, but not fully ready for, direct entry into a baccalaureate-level program through one of the other colleges of RIT. It is a bridge program for qualified students, based on academic transcripts, scores on admissions tests, and other evidence that supports a reasonable expectation of success in baccalaureate course work. Qualified students who are undecided as to a program of study may choose the career exploration studies program.
Teaching College of Liberal Arts core courses, and certain other courses, using direct instruction. All students in the classes taught using direct instruction are deaf or hard-of-hearing, and faculty use sign language, spoken language, fingerspelling, printed/visual aids and Web-based instructional materials. Courses include: Written Communication I, Written Communication II, Writing Seminar, Literary and Cultural Studies, Arts of Expression, Fine Arts: Visual Arts, Modern American History, Introduction to Psychology and Foundations of Sociology.
Teaching sections of some College of Liberal Arts courses with hearing, deaf and hard-of-hearing students in the same class. Access services are available, including sign language interpreting, real-time captioning services and notetaking.
Tutoring deaf and hard-of-hearing students in College of Liberal Arts courses.
Providing academic advising to deaf and hard-of-hearing students who are pursuing majors, minors or concentrations in the College of Liberal Arts.
Partnering with each department in the College of Liberal Arts to maximize student retention and performance.
Developmental English Program
The Developmental English Program is designed for students to begin developing the skills necessary for understanding and using written English in AOS degree programs at NTID.
There are several locations where you can access English tutoring for assignments involving reading and writing. Faculty in the Department of Liberal Studies offer individual tutoring for students in their own courses. The department also offers general English tutoring through the NTID Learning Center (NLC).
In the NLC, faculty and peer tutors will work with you on your English course assignments, as well as your writing assignments in other NTID and RIT courses. A schedule of tutors’ hours is posted in the NLC. Contact Kathy Varone for more information.
Individual instruction is available in reading strategies if you take courses in RIT’s College of Liberal Arts. Contact Jeanne Yamonaco for more information.
If you take courses in RIT colleges other than NTID, you can also access English tutoring at the Writing Commons via RIT’s Academic Support Center (ASC). Contact Rachel Chaffee for more information. The center also provides individual instruction in reading strategies. Contact Enid Stevenson for more information.
The following guide explains where deaf and hard-of-hearing students enrolled in associate, bachelor's, and graduate degree programs should go for support in improving their reading and writing.
Services provided by NTID are available to all students who are taking courses in NTID and the other colleges of RIT.
Services provided by the Academic Support Center (ASC) are available to students taking courses in RIT colleges other than NTID.
In addition to reading and writing support, content support is provided by various departments as listed in the ASC tutoring website, under Tutoring Services at RIT.
Students should meet first with their professors and discuss the most appropriate support available. In some courses, professors provide tutoring for their own courses. In other cases, professors can advise students where to go for additional tutoring.
Two areas provide support for academic success with a focus on reading and writing:
A) The Department of Liberal Studies provides peer and adjunct faculty tutors in the NTID Learning Center (NLC) for all students enrolled in NTID and RIT programs. Tutors work with students on their assignments in the reading and writing courses at NTID as well as provide reading and writing support for all courses throughout the rest of RIT. Both peer and adjunct faculty tutors are skilled in sign communication and English.
The Department of Liberal Studies also provides a tutor for college reading strategies. Contact: Jeanne Yamonaco, 60-2236, x5-6850
B) If students take courses in RIT colleges other than NTID, they can access English assistance at the Writing Commons via RIT’s Academic Support Center (ASC). It is staffed by faculty and adjunct instructors some of whom are skilled in sign communication. Hours are posted on the website.
As a student in an NTID program of study, you must take at least two English tests when you enter, the NTID Writing Test and the NTID Reading Test. Your English scores are based on performance on these two tests. These scores are used to place you in the NTID English curriculum. For more information about English scores, please refer to the Department of Liberal Studies Handbook, under "Initial Course Placement." This flowchart explains where students will be placed in the English sequence, based on their NTID Reading Test and NTID Writing Test scores.
Your placement in English courses at RIT/NTID depends on what scores you get on the English tests you take when you first arrive here. The English curriculum at RIT/NTID is divided into two parts. If you have very strong English skills, you begin your coursework in the writing sequence in the College of Liberal Arts. If you have weaker English skills, you are placed in developmental courses designed for four different levels of ability (Levels A-D).
For more information, please look in the Department of Liberal Studies Handbook under "Curriculum Framework," "Initial Course Placement," and "English in the College of Liberal Arts." You can see where your scores will place you by looking at the chart of English courses.
Grades in English courses are assigned just like in other courses at RIT/NTID. The most common grades include A-D, W (withdraw), and I (incomplete).
It is very important to understand that the English curriculum at RIT/NTID is mastery-based. That means that in order to pass any English course with a satisfactory grade, you must demonstrate competence in all or most learning objectives for that course. In other words, English course grades are assigned to give an accurate reflection of your achievement. According to a review of recent grading patterns in NTID English Academic Writing and Nonfiction Reading courses, 25-30% of students earn "A" or "B", 40-45% earn "C", and 25-30% earn "D", "F" or "W."
According to the Department of Liberal Studies Handbook:
"A" means that there is a strong reason to believe that the student will perform satisfactorily in the next course in the strand. "B" means that there is fairly good reason to believe that the student will perform satisfactorily in the next course in the strand. "C" means that there is some question that the student will perform satisfactorily in the next course in the strand. "D" means that it is doubtful that the student will perform satisfactorily in the next course in the strand. Students who earn a "D" grade are advised to repeat the course. "F" means that the student has failed the course and must repeat it to progress in the curriculum.
If you have already passed English Composition, or its equivalent, at another college you should check with the Liberal Arts Support office (tel: 585-475-6849; firstname.lastname@example.org) for policies concerning transfer credit. This flowchart shows you the process by which RIT decides whether to accept your credits from another college.
Depending on your performance on the NTID Writing Test and the NTID Reading Test, you may also be required to take the Michigan Test of English Language Proficiency (the "Michigan"). Performance on all three tests determines access to a fourth test, the Liberal Arts Placement Test (LAPT), which is used to place you in the College of Liberal Arts (CLA) writing sequence.
If you are matriculated into an AOS degree program, you are required to successfully complete the three-course Career English sequence. If you are matriculated into an AAS, AS, or BS degree program, you are required to successfully complete courses in the CLA writing sequence as well as other CLA courses in the humanities and social sciences.