Academic Program Proposal

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Anne Arundel Community College
Proposal
Associate of ArtsArea of Concentration in American Sign Language1/13/2018
Area of Concentration in American Sign Language Program Description
AACC has developed a variety of high quality programs for students who wish to receive an Associate of Arts Transfer degree, and then transfer to a four-year institution offering Bachelor of Arts degrees in various professional disciplines. This degree is designed to allow students to choose an area of concentration in American Sign Language (ASL) while achieving their general education requirements. Adding this American Sign Language (ASL) Area of Concentration (with its pre-existing courses) prepares students to transfer to a four-year institution in a wide range of majors in the liberal arts, human services, behavioral and social sciences, social work, education, or Deaf education, and then to enter the workforce in a variety of settings serving the Deaf community. <br> <br>The Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID) currently requires a minimum of a bachelor&#39;s degree for certification as an ASL interpreter, and so students considering this career path can complete the Associate of Arts Transfer degree with an Area of Concentration in American Sign Language (ASL) at AACC as preparation for earning the required academic credential at the transfer institution. Students could then complete a bachelor&#39;s degree with a major or minor in Deaf Studies at Towson University or McDaniel College. <br>