Deaf Studies

  • SED DE 300: Introduction to the Deaf World
    Designed to provide a general overview to the lives, orientations and typical experiences of American Deaf people who use American Sign Language. This course aims to understand some of the fundamental factors that impact the lives of Deaf People, both positively and negatively. Finally, we will generate ideas about how to enhance the general perspective of the Deaf World as a vibrant cultural and linguistic minority. The intention is for students to be better equipped to be advocates and partners with Deaf People. Effective Fall 2022, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy, The Individual in Community, Teamwork/Collaboration.
    • The Individual in Community
    • Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy
    • Teamwork/Collaboration
  • SED DE 340: Dynamics of Diversity, Oppression, and Social Justice within Deaf Communities
    Examines theories and applications of diversity, dynamics of oppression, and social justice through a Deaf Studies lens. Explores the interrelated principles of social justice, equity, access, participation, and human rights, and the impact of these movements on Deaf communities. Effective Fall 2021, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Social Inquiry I, Ethical Reasoning, Critical Thinking.
    • Social Inquiry I
    • Ethical Reasoning
    • Critical Thinking
  • SED DE 350: Deaf History and Culture
    Analysis and discussion of the historical and cultural aspects of Deaf Culture; the influence of geographic, cultural, educational, and economic forces on Deaf people; and the patterns of social change during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Introduces students to specific cultural and historical experiences and acquaints them with literature in the field. 4 cr
  • SED DE 351: Deaf Literature and Visual Arts
    An investigation of the narrative traditions of the Deaf community that weaves together threads from a variety of disciplines and analytical perspectives resulting in a comprehensive study of literature, visual arts, performance, as well as culture. The study will provide insights into the fundamental role that literature and artistic compositions play in revealing culture and the natural inclination humans have to share "stories." Students become more thoughtful consumers of creative art and enhance their appreciation for the contributions of the Deaf World. Effective Fall 2021, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Digital/Multimedia Expression, Aesthetic Exploration, Creativity/Innovation.
    • Aesthetic Exploration
    • Digital/Multimedia Expression
    • Creativity/Innovation
  • SED DE 352: Capstone - Deaf Studies
    Students work collaboratively to create a large project that showcases the skills and knowledge they have acquired and benefits the Deaf community in some way. This course is intended for senior majoring or minoring in Deaf Studies. 4 cr. Either sem.
  • SED DE 354: Field Experience: Deaf Studies
    Students work in an agency providing services to deaf people for a minimum of one day per week. Supervision maintained in cooperation with the staff of the Deaf Studies Program and agency personnel. Specific placement depends on students' interests in particular setting or area. Instructor permission required. Var cr.
  • SED DE 372: Social Psychology and the Deaf World
    This courses explores the psychological, sociological, and educational constructions of Deaf people and how cultural, social, and medical models contribute to our perceptions about social arrangements, "bodies," and the politics of difference. We will use ideas from a host of disciplines, events, and experiences to illuminate how many of the issues related to the Deaf World are universal, human issues. Finally, we will hope to arrive at conclusions that showcase how studying the Deaf World can have many important implications for understanding human development. Effective Fall 2021, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Philosophical Inquiry and Life's Meanings, Social Inquiry I.
    • Philosophical Inquiry and Life's Meanings
    • Social Inquiry I
  • SED DE 381: American Sign Language I
    Introduces American Sign Language (ASL) and Deaf Culture, focusing on frequently used signs, basic rules of grammar, non-manual aspects of ASL, introductory fingerspelling, and some cultural features of the Deaf community. 4cr.
  • SED DE 382: American Sign Language II
    This is the second level of American Sign Language (ASL). It is designed for the further development of students' proficiency in ASL, focusing on somewhat less frequently used signs, more complex lexical and grammatical structures, and more advanced conversational skills. Effective Fall 2019, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: The Individual in Community, Oral and/or Signed Communication. 4cr. Prereq: SED DE 381/581. 4 cr.
    • The Individual in Community
    • Oral and/or Signed Communication
  • SED DE 383: American Sign Language III
    An intermediate course designed for students who have completed a minimum of ASL 2 offers a more in-depth exposure to ASL with an emphasis on receptive and expressive skills. This course will present further exposure to more sophisticated dialogues, vocabulary, acquiring ASL expressions, proficiency in ASL grammar and basic ASL discourse as well as register forms, pragmatics, and storytelling. Prereq: SED DE 382/582. 4 cr.
  • SED DE 384: American Sign Language IV
    An advanced course designed for students who have completed a minimum of American Sign Language 3. ASL 4 offers a more in-depth discussion in ASL with an emphasis on receptive and expressive skills. This course will present further exposure to more sophisticated dialogues, vocabulary, acquiring ASL expressions, proficiency in ASL grammar and basic ASL discourse as well as register forms, pragmatics, and storytelling. Prereq: SED DE 383/583. 4 cr.
  • SED DE 385: Applied ASL
    Open to students who have completed two years of ASL who are ready for advanced language training. This course will focus on the production, analysis, and evaluation of advanced vocabulary, syntax and register variation in ASL. 4cr, either sem.
  • SED DE 386: Academic ASL
    Focus on academic ASL in the bilingual teaching of content areas (English, Language Arts, History, Mathematics, Science) paying special attention to concepts vocabulary and terminology that commonly appear in the content areas. 4 cr.
  • SED DE 472: Sign Language Structure
    Covers the structure of sign languages, with a primary focus on American Sign Language. Topics include phonology, morphology, syntax, lexicology, language variation, psycholinguistics, and language emergence. Effective Spring 2021, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Scientific Inquiry I, Research and Information Literacy.
    • Scientific Inquiry I
    • Research and Information Literacy
  • SED DE 500: Introduction to the Deaf-World
    Designed to provide a general introduction to the lives, history, and culture of American Deaf people who use American Sign Language (ASL) as their vernacular language. The role of schools in the formation of the community and maintenance of ASL will be examined. 4 cr.
  • SED DE 550: History and Culture of the Deaf
    Analysis and discussion of the historical and cultural aspects of the Deaf; the influence of geographic, cultural, educational, and economic forces on Deaf people; and the patterns of social change during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Introduces students to specific cultural and historical experiences and acquaints them with literature in the field. 4 cr.
  • SED DE 551: Teaching Deaf Literature and Visual Arts
    An applied course designed to highlight, review, and organize instructional practices as they apply to Deaf Literature and visual compositions. We will work to understand how ASL literature and visual arts can be integrated into a comprehensive approach to Standards for composition and literature analysis.
  • SED DE 552: Seminar: Selected Topics in Deaf Studies
    Topics pertinent to current cultural and educational issues concerning Deaf adults and children. Children's literature, development of services for and by the Deaf (locally, nationally, internationally); the professions: law, medicine, and education, and their effects on society's view of the Deaf; aging and the Deaf. In-depth discussion and contact with professionals in these areas. 4 cr.
  • SED DE 553: Introduction to Counseling Deaf Individuals
    Introduction to the theory and practice of counseling Deaf children, adolescents, and adults.
  • SED DE 554: Field Experience: Deaf Studies
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: consent of program coordinator.
    Students work in an agency providing services to Deaf people for a minimum of one day per week. Supervision maintained in cooperation with the staff of the Deaf Studies Program and agency personnel. Specific placement depends on students' interests in particular setting or area. Instructor permission required. Var cr.