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Deaf Studies Associate Degree


MassTransfer approved program.

The associate in arts degree program in Deaf Studies has been designed to provide students with a broad educational experience, including the balance and diversity of general education and the knowledge and skills of American Sign Language (ASL).

Students are provided the opportunity to develop an understanding of American Sign Language, Deaf Culture and the world around them.

deaf studies studentsGraduates will be able to both continue their education at other institutions of higher learning and to gain employment in group homes, independent living programs, and other settings that provide services to the Deaf/Hard of Hearing/Deaf-Blind community.

A minimum of 63 credit hours are required for graduation.

Program Prerequisites: Eng Comp I, ASL101 Elementary ASL I and ASL102 Elementary ASL II with a “B” or better or demonstrate comparable skills/knowledge.

Prospective students who have acquired American Sign Language outside of NECC must have an ASL assessment before May 1 of the current year. To schedule an ASL assessment, please email deafstudies@necc.mass.edu.

New students are enrolled in the fall semester only.

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