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Deaf Studies

Deaf Studies

Learn American Sign Language and build your understanding of Deaf culture.

Start Date:
1 Year
Full-time (In-class)
+Locations & Availability
September 2018 Ivany Campus • Dartmouth • Seats available New applications may be waitlisted until {0} 20{1}.

Program Overview

To learn another language is to learn about another culture. In this case, the language is American Sign Language (ASL) and the culture is that of Deaf people. Learning about another culture and language expands your world and teaches you many things about yourself. Although many people think of ASL as a visual form of English, ASL has a distinct set of linguistic and grammar rules, as do other languages, such as French, German or English. Students in the Deaf Studies program progress toward ASL fluency, study Deaf culture and explore the cross-cultural issues that arise for non-Deaf people who wish to work with the Deaf community.

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i Student Highlights are comments provided by students about their experiences. Students also share information that they think will help future students learn more about the program. Highlights reflect individual experiences (which can vary by student).

Student Highlights

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    Cool Activity"Create and host a Deaf community event."
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    Highlight"The opportunity to learn from members of the Deaf community."
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    Why Take It"It’s informative, interesting, and hands-on. It was a great learning experience."

Admission Requirements

  • High School Graduation Diploma or equivalent.
  • Successful completion of NSCC's ASL I and ASL II courses. If you have studied ASL previously you may apply to have these studies considered as equivalent. NSCC offers a variety of options for gaining ASL I and ASL II, including a summer fast-track program. Contact Admissions for further details.

Choose NSCC

  • You have the opportunity to learn in a unique program – one of only four programs of its kind nationwide and the only one in the Maritimes.
  • Learn from experienced and knowledgeable instructors – most faculty are Deaf, giving you an authentic one-on-one experience with Deaf culture and keeping you current on events in the local and regional Deaf communities.

Employment Opportunities

  • You are qualified to work with members of the Deaf community in various employment, educational, recreational and social service environments where direct communication with Deaf people is required in context-specific settings.

Our Grads

Other Info

Courses May Include

Course descriptions
Code Course
AEIP 1005   Culture Inside Out
AEIP 1011   Deaf Culture and Community
DEST 1001   American Sign Language III
DEST 1002   Communications & Portfolio for Deaf Studies I
DEST 1004   Deaf Community & Events
DEST 1006   Skills Lab I
DEST 1007   Skills Lab II
DEST 1008   Introduction to Linguistics of American Sign Language I
DEST 1009   Becoming an Ally
DEST 2001   American Sign Language IV
DEST 2002   Communications & Portfolio for Deaf Studies II
DEST 2005   ASL Literature & Deaf Arts
DEST 2008   Introduction to Linguistics of American Sign Language II
DEST 3001   American Sign Language V
SAFE 1000   Introduction to WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems)
SAFE 1001   Introduction to NS OH&S Act

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