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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) and Deaf Culture. The program provides for career exploration within the Deaf/Hard of Hearing/DeafBlind communities as well as the basic academic preparation for transfer to bachelor degree programs.

deaf studies studentsGraduates will be able to both continue their education at other institutions of higher learning and/or gain employment in residential settings, independent living programs, and other settings that provide services to the Deaf/Hard of Hearing/DeafBlind communities.

Students must earn a minimum grade of C in all ASL and DST courses in order to move to the next level of courses and for graduation. 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.

Career Paths and Job Market.