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Courses & Requirements

The associate in arts degree in Deaf Studies: Interpreting Transfer is designed to provide students with a broad educational experience and a foundation in American Sign Language (ASL) and Deaf Culture. Students in this program are exposed to the requirements of the ASL/English profession as a precursor to transferring to a bachelor degree program in interpreting. Students must earn a minimum grade of B in all ASL courses and a minimum grade of C in DST courses in order to move to the next level of courses and for graduation. A minimum of 64 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. All ASL and DST courses, with the exception of DST101, require a DST major or permission of the instructor. See a representative in the Office of Admission for additional criteria for this program.

Additional Admissions Criteria:

Enrollment Services will provide additional admissions criteria for this program.  Additional admission criteria can be found in the deaf studies criteria packet which is available at: http://www.necc.mass.edu/forms/#deaf_studies.

CORI/CHRI/SORI:

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.

Requirements:
Courses Credits Comments
ANT101 Cultural Anthropology 3 Prerequisite
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 Folklore 3 Prerequisite
DST101 Introduction to Deaf Studies 3 Coerequisite
DST102 Introduction to the Interpreting Field 4 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
PHI110 Ethics 3  
Electives:
Courses Credits Comments
Free Elective 3/4 Students transferring to FSU must choose from PHI121, or CIS140 or MAT125 or MAT171
Government or History Elective 3 GOV101 or higher or HIS101, HIS102, HIS111, HIS112, HIS121, HIS122.
Students transferring to FSU must choose one course from the following: HIS101, HIS102, HIS111, HIS112, HIS121 or HIS122
Math Elective 3/4 MAT120 or higher
Science Electives 7/8 One course must be a 4-credit lab science. Students transferring to FSU may not take two courses with the same prefix