In the College of Social Sciences and Humanities, cooperative education—or co-op for short—is a key component of the Experiential Liberal Arts, an educational model that integrates experiential learning with the rigorous study of society, culture, and politics.
Students in the American Sign Language Program often decide to participate in the co-op program in order to refine their signing communication skills and to work alongside Deaf people. In the past our students had co-oped at schools for Deaf students, service agencies run for and by the Deaf Community, and even with an organization creating Deaf televised media. Students who complete an ASL co-op typically enhance their signing skills, develop a working understanding of communication technologies used in the Deaf Community, and learn how to behave and interact professionally with Deaf colleagues.
Co-ops in American Sign Language
Enhance your classroom learning and deepen your knowledge through the co-op experience in a variety of fields. Below is a partial list of the co-op employers and sample job titles by field or industry.
- Schools for Deaf students
- Classroom Assistant, Residential Counselor
- Deaf Community Services
- Assistant to the Program Director, Interpreter Referral Specialist
- Deaf Media
- Multi-media Journalist
Learn more about Co-op
If you would like to learn more about how co-op works in the College of Social Sciences and Humanities, please visit the CSSH co-op website.
Co-op Coordinator in American Sign Language
Jonathan Andrew, MA
Senior Co-op Coordinator: ASL (American Sign Language), International Affairs, Political Science, Spanish
Jonathan Andrew joined CSSH in 2010 where he is currently a senior cooperative education coordinator working primarily with undergraduate and graduate students, academic faculty and employers in the International Affairs, Spanish, and ASL (American S…