American Sign Language and Deaf Studies

The American Sign Language and Deaf Studies Degree Program is designed for individuals who do not have a college degree and are interested in the field of Deaf Studies, linguistics, communications, psychology, social work, rehabilitation, education of the Deaf and other related areas. The program provides a multi-disciplinary and interdisciplinary approach in American Sign Language and Deaf Studies. Areas of scholarly pursuit include cultural and historical studies, linguistic examination, and literary analysis, as well as the study of the language in its conversational form. Graduates will be prepared for entry-level positions working with Deaf persons or transfer to four-year degree programs. This program can be completed either as a part-time or full-time student in a day or evening program.

Students are admitted to the ASL and Deaf Studies Program when they have demonstrated English competency and have satisfactorily completed the two semesters of the Pre-entry-level. Students are required to have satisfactorily completed ENG 101 and ENG 102 before taking ASL 201 (ASL 3) and ASL 205 (Linguistics of ASL).

Deaf and Hard of Hearing students are encouraged to participate in this program.

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Audio Production

The Audio Production program is designed to provide students with a solid foundation for further study and employment in the growing field of Audio Production.

As a transfer program, the program provides a foundation in academic and general studies courses, which prepare students for further study at four-year programs in this discipline both locally and nationally.

Additionally, the program intends to create graduates with the requisite training and skills to begin working with industry standard equipment and software to compose and record their own compositions and compete for entry-level positions in the field.

Other Communications Degrees Include:

  • Communications
  • Film
  • Game Design Creation
  • Journalism
  • Multimedia
  • Public Relations
  • Radio
  • Television

Specifically, graduates must be able to demonstrate the ability to:

  • recount the history of audio recording technology;
  • in conducting research, understand the importance of qualifying source material, using time honored structures such as peer review and disciplinary standards;
  • demonstrate an understanding of the recording industry as a business;
  • a level of comfort and proficiency with standard productivity software such as Adobe Audition, Cubase SX and Pro Tools, as well as an understanding of the ways in which these tools are applied
  • in the audio production field;
  • the ability to understand and apply all phases of audio production in the contemporary music studio environment;
  • identify the fundamental process and sequence involved in the production of audio composition;
  • identify the different roles and responsibilities of the recording studio
  • identify the historical development of musical performance;
  • understand the essentials of audio engineering, the fundamentals of digital imaging and video editing for New Media applications.

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Drama/Fine Arts

The drama option will include the study of European and modern theater as both “text” and “event”, with reading, improvisation, field trips, playwrights, and directing used as techniques in the learning process. Students will also develop voice, body, and imagination through the art of acting and will put those skills to use in all forms of dramatic presentations. 

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates will be able to:

  • Communicate effectively both orally and in writing
  • Use technology for learning and research
  • Analyze the history and elements of drama and theater acting
  • Perform effectively as an actor in a specified scene
  • Apply critical thinking and problem-solving skills to situations involving theater 

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Sociology

Option offered through the Liberal Arts
Sociology is the scientific study of human society and social interaction. This program helps students understand and use sociological tools and insights to work effectively in a diverse society. The program is for students who plan to transfer to a four-year institution and major in Sociology or other related fields.
 
Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates will be able to:
 
  • Identify basic sociological concepts and theories.
  • Describe and explain social, cultural and global variations
  • Apply sociological theories to the analysis of social institutions that influence human behavior.
  • Analyze sociological problems and generate solutions. 
  • Evaluate methods used in sociological research and assess a published report.
  • Incorporate sociological knowledge and research findings into written and oral presentations.
 

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Early Childhood Elementary Education

SUGGESTED GRADES PRE-K-3 Option offered through Liberal Arts

For students who wish to prepare themselves for an Associate degree or wish to transfer and earn a baccalaureate degree in Early Childhood Education or Elementary Education. 

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates will be able to:

  • Apply knowledge of psychological concepts to the learning behavior of children from Pre-K to Grade 3
  • Analyze the characteristics of effective teaching behaviors and “best practices” in the teaching profession
  • Describe the organization and funding of school systems
  • Describe the roles of teachers, students, parents, administrators, and teacher associations in the U.S.
  • Communicate effectively orally and in writing
  • Demonstrate the skills and motivation for continued self-education

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Television

Option offered through Communications
This program is designed for transfer to a bachelor’s degree granting institution. Course work includes the theory and practice of television production and video editing. Internships in professional organizations are available. Students are required to consult with an advisor regarding appropriate option and course selection for their needs and interests.
Other Communications Degrees Include:
 
  • Audio Production
  • Communications
  • Film
  • Game Design Creation
  • Journalism
  • Multimedia
  • Public Relations
  • Radio
 
Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates will be able to:
 
  • Communicate orally and in writing in college level discourse
  • Discuss and analyze current social and political issues and events
  • Demonstrate proficiency with productivity software such as word processing, presentation manager, web browser and apply them in the field of communications
  • Explain the importance of committing to a process of life-long learning 
  • Recognize and evaluate prevalent cultural narratives and texts and the various media used to convey them 
  • Operate the tools and technology encountered in a professional television studio or video production facility
  • Work as a member of a team to produce a program as you would encounter in a professional television or video production studio.

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Education

 

SUGGESTED GRADES 4-12 Option offered through Liberal Arts

 

For students who wish to prepare themselves for an Associate degree or wish to transfer and earn a baccalaureate degree in Education.

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates will be able to:

  • Apply knowledge of psychological concepts to the learning behavior of children and adolescents;
  • Analyze characteristics of effective teaching behaviors and “best practices” in the teaching profession;
  • Analyze the organization and funding of school systems;
  • Describe the roles of teachers, students, parents, administrators, and teacher associations in the U.S.;
  • Effectively communicate orally and in writing;
  • Demonstrate the skills and motivation for continued self-education.

Visual Arts/Fine Arts

Option offered through Liberal Arts
The Visual Arts option will approach sculpture, architecture, painting, and drawing from a dual perspective. Students will explore the history and appreciation of art in the classroom and develop introductory and advanced skills in a variety of media in the drawing and painting studio.
 
Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates will be able to:
 
  • Apply formal creative issues including composition, balance, space, line, and form.
  • Apply skills associated with two-dimensional imaging.
  • Demonstrate use of diverse materials, various media, and techniques in foundation level drawing and painting studio activities.
  • Analyze the visual arts through art history.
  • Create a portfolio that demonstrated competency in the visual arts undertaken.

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Film

Option offered through Communications

This program is designed for transfer to a bachelor’s degree-granting institution. Course work includes film theory and criticism. Students are required to consult with an advisor regarding appropriate option and course selection for their needs and interests.

Other Communications Degrees Include:

  • Audio Production
  • Communications
  • Game Design Creation
  • Journalism
  • Multimedia
  • Public Relations
  • Radio
  • Television

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates will be able to:

  • Communicate orally and in writing in college level discourse
  • Discuss and analyze current social and political issues and events
  • Demonstrate proficiency with productivity software such as word processing, presentation manager, web browser and apply them in the field of communications
  • Explain the importance of committing to a process of life-long learning 
  • Evaluate prevalent cultural narratives and texts and the various media used to convey them 
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the evolution of film as a medium as well as the formal and thematic developments that constitute its history
  • Apply classroom learning to the creation of student video projects

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Graphic Design/Fine Arts

Option offered through Liberal Arts
The Fine Arts Option in Graphic Design is a Liberal Arts transfer-oriented curriculum that provides students, through a core of visual arts/design related courses, a theoretical and practical understanding of the commercial art area of Graphic Design. Utilizing skills and techniques learned through a combined lecture/studio experience, students are introduced to the various aspects of the graphic communication process including the development of roughs, comps, layouts, pasteups, and mechanicals in a Macintosh-equipped digital laboratory. A specific approach to beginning and advanced design problem-solving is emphasized. Additional topics of study include an analysis of graphic art production processes including photo digitizing, typography, and the use of illustration software programs.
 
Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates will be able to:
 
  • State the theoretical skills involved in creating visuals, combining images and typography.
  • Create visuals which utilize both images and typography.
  • Create examples, utilizing diverse materials and media, of techniques traditionally used in foundation level graphic design studios.
  • Create examples of traditional layout comps, thumbnail, and sketch mode visualizations.
  • State the critical and aesthetic essentials seen throughout the history of graphic design.
  • Utilize the tools of digital design including computer and design software to prepare graphic design examples.
  • Create a portfolio of work that demonstrates competency in graphic design.

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