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Deaf Studies, Minor

Requirements

In the Deaf Studies minor, students will examine elements of what culturally-Deaf people in America have traditionally called "the Deaf-World" with special attention to the framework of meaning from within which culturally-Deaf people interpret what it means to be Deaf. This minor challenges students to approach cultural descriptions critically, and provides a historical, cultural, and linguistic foundation.

Total Program Credits: 21

Matriculation Requirements:  
  1. Declaration of a major in a bachelor degree program at UVU
  2. Completion of ASL 202G or equivalent
Discipline Core Requirements: 21 Credits 
Complete the following: 9
  ASL 3050   Advanced American Sign Language  (3.0)  
and ASL 3530   Deaf Culture from 1970  (3.0)  
and ASL 3610   ASL Literature I  (3.0)  
Complete additional 12 credits of upper-division ASL or LANG coursework  12

 Graduation Requirements:

  1. Overall GPA of 2.0 or above.
  2. Residency hours--minimum of 12 credits counting towards the minor through attendance at UVU.

Graduation Plan

This graduation plan is intended to be a guide. You are encouraged to meet with an advisor and set up an individualized graduation plan in Wolverine Track.

Milestone courses (pre-requisites for a course in one of the subsequent semesters) are marked in red and italicized.

Semester 1 Course Title Credit Hours
ASL 3050 Advanced American Sign Language 3
  Semester total: 3
Notes: Prerequisite of ASL 1010, ASL 1020, ASL 2010 and ASL 202G are required for ASL 3050.
Semester 2 Course Title Credit Hours
ASL 3530 Deaf Culture from 1970 3
ASL Elective (see advisor/coordinator for list) 3
  Semester total: 6
Notes: Prerequisite of ASL 202G or equivalent is required for ASL 3530; IDST elective credit may be earned with courses from affiliated departments, including anthropology, history, linguistics, interpretation and translation, education, psychology, sociology, public administration, political science, social work, philosophy, ethics, art, literature, and American Sign Language (ASL) instruction. Students should consult the IDST advisor and/or individual program coordinator to identify appropriate course options and ensure that any pre- or co-requisites are met.
Semester 3 Course Title Credit Hours
ASL 3610 ASL Literature 3
ASL Elective (see advisor/coordinator for list) 3
  Semester total: 6
Notes: Prerequisite of ASL 3050 or instructor approval is required for ASL 3610; IDST elective credit may be earned with courses from affiliated departments, including anthropology, history, linguistics, interpretation and translation, education, psychology, sociology, public administration, political science, social work, philosophy, ethics, art, literature, and American Sign Language (ASL) instruction. Students should consult the IDST advisor and/or individual program coordinator to identify appropriate course options and ensure that any pre- or co-requisites are met.
Semester 4 Course Title Credit Hours
ASL Elective (see advisor/coordinator for list) 3
ASL Elective (see advisor/coordinator for list) 3
  Semester total: 6
Notes: IDST elective credit may be earned with courses from affiliated departments, including anthropology, history, linguistics, interpretation and translation, education, psychology, sociology, public administration, political science, social work, philosophy, ethics, art, literature, and American Sign Language (ASL) instruction. Students should consult the IDST advisor and/or individual program coordinator to identify appropriate course options and ensure that any pre- or co-requisites are met.
  Degree total: 21

Department

Name:

Interdisciplinary Studies

Location:

LA 114g

Telephone:

801-863-6288

Email:

gosherjo@uvu.edu

Web Address:

uvu.edu/idst

Chair:

John C. Goshert

 
 

Mission Statement

Interdisciplinary Studies provides a framework for supporting innovative, boundary-crossing inquiry among students and faculty across campus as well as in wider intellectual and social communities. IDST coordinates existing multidisciplinary minor and emphasis programs and provides guidance and support as new programs are envisioned and established. IDST programs promote instructional excellence and offer a variety of courses and events that enhance the overall academic experience at Utah Valley University.

 
 

Interdisciplinary Studies

Advisor: Lynne Hetzel


Administrative Support:
Mark Olson

Students who have declared a Bachelor degree may choose to add a minor in the following interdisciplinary areas:

  • American Indian Studies
  • American Studies
  • Chinese Commerce
  • Chinese Studies
  • Cinema Studies
  • Classical Studies
  • Deaf Studies
  • Environmental Studies
  • Gender Studies
  • Peace & Justice Studies
  • Religious Studies
  • Russian Studies
 
 
  • American Studies
  • Coordinator: Philip Gordon
  • Email: philip.gordon@uvu.edu
  • Phone: 863-8186
  • Home Department: Communication
  • Office: LC 235

  • Chinese Commerce
  • Coordinator: Hong Pang
  • Email: hong.pang@uvu.edu
  • Phone: 863-8370
  • Home Department: History and Political Science
  • Office: LA 012R

  • Chinese Studies
  • Coordinator: Sam Liang
  • Email: sliang@uvu.edu
  • Phone: 863-6266
  • Home Department: Philosophy and Humanities
  • Office: LA 121X

  • Cinema Studies
  • Coordinator: Jans Wager
  • Email: jans.wager@uvu.edu
  • Phone: 863-8340
  • Home Department: English and Literature
  • Office: LA 114J

  • Classical Studies
  • Coordinator: Michael Shaw
  • Email: shawmi@uvu.edu
  • Phone: 863-6265
  • Home Department: Philosophy and Humanities
  • Office: LA 121P

  • Deaf Studies
  • Coordinator: Bryan Eldredge
  • Email: bryane@uvu.edu
  • Phone: 863-8529
  • Home Department: Languages
  • Office: LA 003J

  • Environmental Studies
  • Coordinator: Dan Stephen
  • Email: daniel.stephen@uvu.edu
  • Phone: 863-8584
  • Home Department: Earth Sciences
  • Office: PS 224

  • Gender Studies
  • Coordinator: Numsiri Kunakemakorn
  • Email: numsirik@uvu.edu
  • Phone: 863-5469
  • Home Department: Secondary Education
  • Office: ME 112J

  • Peace and Justice Studies
  • Coordinator: Michael Minch
  • Email: mminch@uvu.edu
  • Phone: 863-7482
  • Home Department: Philosophy and Humanities
  • Office: LA 121H

  • Religious Studies
  • Coordinator: Brian Birch
  • Email: brian.birch@uvu.edu
  • Phone: 863-6363
  • Home Department: Center for the Study of Ethics
  • Office: LA 109B

  • Russian Studies
  • Coordinator: Frederick White
  • Email: frederick.white@uvu.edu
  • Phone: 863-8361
  • Home Department: Academic Affairs—Engaged Learning
  • Office: LA 209B
 
 

 

Faculty

Brian Birch(1999)

Professor

Department: Philosophy & Humanities
Faculty

Department: Interdisciplinary Studies Program
Coordinator, Religious Studies

M.S., Philosophy, University of Utah; Ph.D., Philosophy of Religion & Theology, Claremont Graduate University.

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Bryan Eldredge(1998)

Professor

Department: Languages & Cultures
Faculty

Department: Interdisciplinary Studies Program
Coordinator, Deaf Studies

B.A., English, M.A., Linguistics, Brigham Young University; Ph.D., Linguistic Anthropology, University of Iowa.

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John Goshert(2001)

Professor

Department: English & Literature
Faculty

Department: Interdisciplinary Studies Program
Coordinator, Interdisciplinary Studies

B.S., M.A., English, Sonoma State University; Ph.D., English, Purdue University.

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Numsiri Kunakemakorn(2004)

Associate Professor

Department: Secondary Education
Faculty

Department: Interdisciplinary Studies Program
Coordinator, Gender Studies

B.A., English, University of California, Santa Barbara; M.A., Multicultural & International Education, University of San Francisco; M.A., English, Sonoma State University; Ph.D., Comparative Literature, Purdue University.

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Samuel Liang(2011)

Associate Professor

Department: Philosophy & Humanities
Faculty

Department: Interdisciplinary Studies Program
Coordinator, Chinese Studies

B.A., Architecture, Anhul Architectural Industry Institute; M.A., History of Architecture, Tongji University, Shanghai; Ph.D., Art History, Binghampton University.

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Michael Minch(2001)

Professor

Department: Philosophy & Humanities
Faculty

Department: Interdisciplinary Studies Program
Coordinator, Peace and Justice Studies

B.A., History, Grand Canyon College; M.A., Political Philosophy, Ph.D., Political Science, University of Utah; M. Divinity, The Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary.

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Hong Pang(2012)

Assistant Professor

Department: History & Political Science
Faculty

Department: Interdisciplinary Studies Program
Coordinator, Chinese Commerce

Ph.D., Politics and International Relations, M.A., Economics, University of Southern California; B.A., International Politics, B.A., Economics, Peking University, P.R.China.

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Michael Shaw(2003)

Professor

Department: Philosophy & Humanities
Faculty

Department: Interdisciplinary Studies Program
Coordinator, Classical Studies

B.A., Philosophy, Bates College; M.A., Philosophy, Ph.D., Philosophy, Villanova University.

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Daniel Stephen(2003)

Associate Professor

Department: Earth Science
Faculty

Department: Interdisciplinary Studies Program
Coordinator, Environmental Studies

Ph.D., Geology (Invertebrate Paleontology), Texas A & M. University.

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Jans Wager(1997)

Professor

Department: English & Literature
Faculty

Department: Interdisciplinary Studies Program

B.A., Distributed Studies (Communication Emphasis), University of Colorado; M.A., German, Ph.D., Comparative Literature, University of California.

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Careers

Careers

Careers:  
The Deaf Studies minor prepares students to become certified interpreters, ASL and Deaf studies teachers, and/or to pursue graduate work in deaf education and a variety of other disciplines, and to engage in any number of professional fields related to deafness.

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