Minor in Deaf Studies

Students may choose a minor concentration in Deaf Studies. It is an opportunity for students of ASL to develop further skills with the language and to learn about the culture, history, and literature of Deaf people. It is a great opportunity for students who major in linguistics, developmental psychology, ethnic studies, anthropology, social work, or audiology to broaden their horizons about the diversity of human language, cultures, and experiences. Students need to plan their program for a Deaf Studies minor with Jacqueline Boyle. The minor consists of the minimum of 24 credit units. A grade of C or higher is required in all courses taken toward the minor concentration.

Core Courses (16 cr)

  • SED DE 570 American Sign Language I (4 cr)
  • SED DE 571 American Sign Language II (4 cr)
  • SED DE 590 American Sign Language III (4 cr)
  • SED DE 591 American Sign Language IV (4 cr)

Elective Courses (8 cr)

  • SED DE 500 Introduction to the Deaf World (4 cr)
  • SED DE 550 History and Culture of the Deaf (4 cr)
  • SED DE 551 Deaf Literature and ASL Folklore (4 cr)
  • SED DE 554 Field Experience: Deaf Studies (varying cr—requires approval from the Director of Programs, Deaf Studies)
  • SED DE 572 Psychology and the Deaf (4 cr)
  • SED DE 672 American Sign Language Structure (4 cr)

NOTE: A grade of C or higher is required in all courses taken toward the minor. No more than two classes may be taken at an external institution and applied to an SED minor.