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Deaf Culture and ASL Studies


Welcome to the Deaf Culture & ASL Studies Department at American River College!

Our Vision

LRCCD Deaf Culture & ASL Studies provides academic coursework based on a Deaf-centered framework that encourages students to embrace an empowered collaboration with Deaf people.

Our Mission

Provide academic coursework to students interested in enrolling in Deaf Culture & ASL Studies courses as a major so they can matriculate with a certificate, an associates degree, to meet transfer requirements, or to pursue coursework as part of a personal enrichment quest.

Prepare students with a basic understanding of and appreciation for their roles in local, regional, national, and global Deaf-Hearing relations and how those relationships impact Deaf people.

Prepare students for entry-level positions working with the Deaf community.

Our Main Core Strands

Present Deaf Studies subjects based on Deafhood framework such as American Sign Language, Sign Linguistics, Deaf Education, Literature, Deaf psychology, Mental Health and Wellness, and Interpreting.

Maintain current trends in Deaf Culture & ASL Studies; expand further much needed subjects and fields in Deaf Studies, such as culture, sociology, anthropology, history, arts, business, politics, and media doing so through a Deaf-centered lens.