The Deaf Studies certificate is intended for those who are interested in communicating effectively with deaf people in their communities. Genesee's proximity to Rochester, NY, which has the highest per capita population of deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals in the United States, makes the Deaf Studies Certificate a crucial tool in helping to break down language barriers for the region's hearing impaired.
Completion of the Deaf Studies Certificate will allow for facilitated, basic communication with people with hearing problems. The certificate can be completed as a stand-alone two-year certificate or combined with an associate's degree in one of the Human Services Program options. The curriculum focuses on American Sign Language proficiency in the classroom and additionally requires actual usage in a field placement.
The certificate is designed to help students build ASL skills; obtain knowledge about the heritage and culture of the deaf community; prepare to work in fields such as education, rehabilitation, social work, law, nursing and psychology; and meet the needs of deaf individuals in schools, the workplace and the community.