Academic Program Proposal

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Program
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MHEC Final
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Community College of Baltimore County
Proposal
Associate of ArtsAmerican Sign Language and Deaf Culture1/18/2018Approved1/22/2018
American Sign Language and Deaf Culture Program Description
The proposed Associate of Arts in American Sign Language (ASL) and Deaf Culture, represents a streamlining of an already existing program into two new programs.&nbsp; The current AAS curriculum combines ASL language learning and interpreting skill development into one degree, requiring at least four years to complete.&nbsp; The first two years of the current AAS in Interpreter Preparation program focuses on ASL language development.&nbsp; A large number of students who complete the first two years do not continue into the last two years of interpreting courses and are advised to graduate with a degree in general studies. We are proposing a new program, an AA in American Sign Language and Deaf Culture. In doing so, the AA will provide a stackable credential on which to build the foundation necessary for completion of a degree in interpreting. <br> <br>The AA degree in ASL and Deaf Culture is designed to give students foundational language skills in ASL, which they can apply to a variety of job settings.&nbsp; The foundation of the curriculum is a strong commitment to the Deaf community and respect for its culture and language.&nbsp;&nbsp; The curriculum includes expanded analysis of American Sign Language discourse and American Deaf Culture.&nbsp; Students will gain hands-on experience in ASL both expressively and receptively.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; This program is designed for both first-time college students and returning students who seek to enhance their knowledge, skills, and abilities.&nbsp; Students may elect to apply to the (revised) AAS or certificate in Interpreter Preparation upon completion of the AA in ASL and Deaf Culture. <br>