The Deaf Studies pathway is the only two–year associate of arts (A.A.) degree track in Western Washington offering two full years of intensive study in American Sign Language and Deaf Culture.


Program Overview

Earn an Associate of Arts (A.A.) degree with a focus on Deaf Studies. The pathway includes skills classes, laboratory experience, and lecture/discussion classes. The skill, academic, and discussion classes, combined with outside reading and activities, create an intense and rewarding learning experience.


Associate Of Arts (A.A.) Degree, 90 Credits

  • Students may begin any quarter.
  • The Deaf Studies program may be a good fit for you if you plan to transfer to a four–year university and use your sign language skills to enhance a career in teaching, social work, counseling and others.
  • Areas of study include American Sign Language, along with Deaf culture, English, and intercultural communication.
  • Graduates work in vocational rehabilitation settings, early childhood education, and social and mental health agencies. Program graduates also work in public schools, colleges, and companies where their sign language skills can be utilized in conjunction with other job skills.

Career Opportunities

The Deaf Studies pathway is designed to prepare students for continued studies or employment in education, human/social services, linguistics, medicine, jurisprudence, religion, anthropology, and sociology. Further, students are given background that helps to prepare them to enter jobs in vocational rehabilitation, early childhood education, and social and mental health agencies working with individuals who are deaf.


For Further Information:

Deaf Studies
Seattle Central College
1701 Broadway, Room BE4128
Seattle, WA 98122
206.934.4164 206.934.4164

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