Bachelor of Arts in Deaf Studies
This four-year degree is a liberal arts degree that provides in-depth study into all facets of the Deaf-World. Students choose among two emphases. There is no special application process, but students should declare their major by contacting the academic advisor for the Languages Department.
Emphasis #1: General Deaf Studies.
This emphasis provides an opportunity for students to gain advanced ASL skills and thorough knowledge of the Deaf-World. Graduates with this emphasis will be prepared to work in various fields related to deafness. They will also work in fields that are not specifically tied to the Deaf-World but which require the skills and knowledge cultivated through the acquisition of any liberal arts degree. This emphasis is also terrific preparation for graduate school in any number of disciplines.
Emphasis #2: Interpreting.
This emphasis provides an opportunity for students and focuses on helping them to gain interpreting skills and certification. There is currently an intense shortage of interpreters for the Deaf across the United States. UVU offers two distinct programs to prepare students to enter the interpreting profession: The Novice-Level Interpreter Preparation Program (NLIPP) and the Advanced Certification Interpreter Preparation Program (ACIPP). These programs can accommodate students of any skill level and courses fit right into the Deaf Studies degree requirements.
Minor in Deaf Studies This minor can be earned in conjunction with any Bachelor degree major that UVU offers. The minor consists of 21 credit hours of upper division coursework. There are some specific courses required and a number of electives so be sure to contact the advisor for more information.
Minor in Languages Pair ASL with an additional language of your choosing! This minor can be earned in conjunction with any Bachelor degree major that UVU offers. It requires 9 cr upper division course work in one language and 11 cr of intermediate level course work in another language (prerequisites will vary from student to student).
Bachelor of Arts or Science in Integrated Studies; ASL Emphasis
You can use ASL as one of two areas of emphasis in the Integrated Studies Bachelor degree. To do this you pair ASL with another area of interest to build a customized program of study. You complete 18 hours of upper-division coursework in ASL, 18 hours of your second emphasis, and 15 hour of Integrated Studies courses. For more information on this degree, contact either the Integrated Studies office or the Language Advisor.