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Courses & Requirements

The associate in arts degree in Deaf Studies is designed to provide students with a broad educational experience, including the balance and diversity of general education and a foundation in American Sign Language and Deaf culture. The program provides for career exploration within the Deaf community and the basic academic preparation for transfer to bachelor degree programs. Graduates will be able to continue their education at other institutions of higher learning and/or gain employment in residential settings or other agencies that serve Deaf and Hard of Hearing people. 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.

Starting in the Fall of 2014, any student enrolled in an associate degree program who is new to NECC and has no academic history at the college, must take at least one course designated as intensive in each of NECC’s six core academic skills in order to graduate. In most cases, the program’s core required courses include these intensive courses. Plan to see an advisor for more complete information about this graduation requirement.

Program Prerequisites:

ASL101 Elementary ASL I and ASL102 Elementary ASL II with a “B” or better or demonstrate comparable skills/knowledge. See a representative in the Office of Admission for additional admissions criteria for this program.

Additional Admissions Criteria:

Enrollment Services will provide additional admissions criteria for this program. All admission criteria is available in the Deaf Studies Criteria Packet which can be found at: http://www.necc.mass.edu/forms/#deaf_studies.


Students interested in participation in this academic program may be required to undergo a Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) check, a Criminal Records Central Repository (CHRI) check and/or a Sex Offender Registry Information (SORI) check. For more information, visit www.necc.mass.edu/cori-sori.

Courses Credits Comments
ANT101 Cultural Anthropology 3 Prerequisite; satisfies Behavioral Science Elective
ASL111 Intermediate American Sign Language I 5 Prerequisite
ASL112 Intermediate American Sign Language II 5 Prerequisite
ASL201 Advanced American Sign Language I 4 Prerequisite
ASL202 Advanced American Sign Language II 4 Prerequisite
ASL203 American Sign Language Linguistics 3 Prerequisite
ASL205 Deaf Literature and ASL Folklore 3 Prerequisite
DST101 Introduction to Deaf Studies 3 Coerequisite
DST102 Introduction to the Interpreting Field
EDU101 Introduction to Teaching
HUS101 Introduction to Human Services
4/3 Prerequisite
DST191 Deaf Community Practicum 2 Prerequisite
DST205 Deaf Culture 3 Prerequisite
or permission
of instructor
ENG101 English Composition I 3  
ENG102 English Composition II 3 Prerequisite
Courses Credits Comments
Free Electives 6 It is strongly recommended that students choose electives in consultation with their advisor or program coordinator.
Students wishing to transfer under the Mass Transfer Block must take one additional social or behavioral science
Government OR History 3 GOV101 or higher, OR HIS101, HIS102, HIS111, HIS112, HIS121, HIS122
Math Elective 3/4 MAT120 or higher
Science Electives 7/8 One must be a 4 credit lab science; Students transferring must take 2 lab sciences