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Deaf Studies - General Deaf Studies Emphasis, B.A.

Requirements

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.

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.

Total Program Credits: 120

General Education Requirements: 35 Credits
  ENGL 1010 Introduction to Writing 3
  ENGL 2010 Intermediate Writing--Humanities/Social Sciences 3
Choose one of the following: 3
  MAT 1030 Quantitative Reasoning  (3.0)  
  MAT 1035 Quantitative Reasoning with Integrated Algebra  (6.0)  
  STAT 1040 Introduction to Statistics (3.0)  
  STAT 1045 Introduction to Statistics with Algebra (5.0)  
  MATH 1050 College Algebra  (4.0)  
  MATH 1055 College Algebra with Preliminaries  (5.0)  
  MATH 1090 College Algebra for Business (3.0)  
Choose one of the following: 3
  HIST 1700 American Civilization (3.0)  
  HIST 2700 US History to 1877 (3.0)  
and HIST 2710 US History since 1877 (3.0)  
  POLS 1000 American Heritage (3.0)  
  POLS 1100 American National Government (3.0)  
  HIST 1740 US Economic History (3.0)  
Complete the following:  
  PHIL 2050 Ethics and Values 3
or PHIL 205G Ethics and Values  
  HLTH 1100 Personal Health and Wellness 2
or PES 1097 Fitness for Life (2.0)  
Distribution Courses:  
  Fine Arts Distribution 2 3
  Humanities Distribution 1 3
  Social/Cultural Anthropology Social Science 3 3
  Biology 4 3
  Physical Science 5 3
  Biology or Physical Science 3
Discipline Core Requirements: 35 Credits
  ASL 2030 Advanced Fingerspelling 1
  ASL 2040 ASL Numbers 6 1
  ASL 3000 Technology for Deaf Studies 3
  ASL 3050 Advanced American Sign Language 7 3
  ASL 3310 Foundations of Interpreting 3
  ASL 3530 Modern Deaf Culture 3
  ASL 3610 ASL Literature 3
  ASL 385G Audism/Linguicism/Oppression  3
  ASL 4410 ASL Linguistics 3
  ASL 4550 Multicultural Deaf Lives 3
  ASL 4560 Deaf People and the Law  3
  ASL 4800 Deaf Culture Studies  3
  LANG 3000 Language and Culture 3
Emphasis Requirements: 27 Credits
Complete the following courses:  
  ASL 3510 History of Deaf People to 1817 3
  ASL 3520 History of Deaf People after 1817 3
  ASL 3710 Deaf View/Image Art--De'VIA 3
  ASL 3750 Deaf Cinema 3
  ASL  4450 Deaf World Discourse 3
  ASL  4520 Deaf People and Disability Studies 3
  ASL  4530 Deaf Peoples of the World 3
  ASL  4610 ASL Literature II 3
  ASL  4890 Deaf Studies Senior Capstone 3
Emphasis Elective Requirements:  23 Credits
Complete 15 credits: Complete 15 credits; Any 3000- or 4000-level ASL and Deaf Studies courses that are not part of the core and are not emphasis requirements. LANG 481R, LANG 3010, AMST 2000, ANTH 101G, ANTH 3360, ANTH 3500, ANTH 3850, BESC 107G, PJST 3000, PJST 4300, SOC 1010, SOC 3000, SOC 320G, SOC 3700, SOC 4400 15
  Complete 8 credits from any courses 8

Graduation Requirements:

  1. 120 credit hours (minimum of 40 upper division)
  2. Minimum cumulative G.P.A. of 2.0, with no grade lower than a "C" for all core and ASL elective requirements.
  3. Completion of General Education requirements
  4. Completion of Deaf Studies major core and elective requirements
  5. Residency hours--minimum of 30 credit hours through course attendance at UVU, with at least 10 hours earned in the last 45 hours.
  6. Successful completion of at least one Global/Intercultural course.

Note: Students should frequently review their program with faculty or department advisor.

Footnote
1 Highly recommend: COMM 1020 Public Speaking or COMM 1050 Speech Comm or PHIL 1000 Intro to Philosophy or HUM 1010 Humanities Through the Arts
2 Highly recommend: DANC 1010 Dance as an Art Form
3 Highly recommend: ANTH 101G Social Cultural Anthropology , MGMT 1010 Introduction to Business , Or CJ 1010 Introduction to Criminal Justice.
4 Highly recommend:  ZOOL 1090 Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology or  ZOOL 2320 Human Anatomy.
5 Highly recommend:  CHEM 1010 Introduction to Chemistry or  PHYS 1010 Elementary Physics.
6 Requires ASL skills equivalent to those expected at the completion of ASL 1020 Beginning American Sign Language II LH . See advisor for more information.
7 Requires ASL skills equivalent to those expected at the completion of ASL 202G Intermediate American Sign Language II HH GI . See advisor for more information.

Graduation Plan

his graduation plan is a sample plan and is intended to be a guide. Your specific plan may differ based on your Math and English placement and/or transfer credits applied. 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
ENGL 1010 Introduction to Writing 3
HIST 1700 or HIST 1740 or POLS 1000 or POLS 1100 or HIST 2700 and HIST 2710 American Civilization or US Economic History or American Heritage or American National Government or US History to 1877 and US History since 1877 3
Humanities Distribution 3
HLTH 1100/PES 1097 Personal Health & Wellness/Fitness for Life 2
ASL 3050 Advanced American Sign Language 3
ASL 2030 Advanced Fingerspelling 1
ASL 2040 ASL Numbers 1
  Semester total: 16
Semester 2 Course Title Credit Hours
ENGL 2010 Intermediate Writing-Humanities & Social Sciences 3
MAT1030/MAT 1035/STAT 1040/STAT 1045/MATH 1050/MATH 1055/MATH 1090 Quantitative Requirment 3
Biology ZOOL 1090 Intro to Human Anatomy and Physiology or ZOOL 2320 Human Anatomy. Refer to GE** 3
ASL 3000 Technology for Deaf Studies 3
ASL 3510 History of Deaf People to 1817 3
  Semester total: 15
Semester 3 Course Title Credit Hours
Fine Arts   3
Physical Science   3
Social/Behavior Science   3
ASL 3520 Deaf Culture from 1817 3
ASL 3310 Interpreting I 3
  Semester total: 15
Semester 4 Course Title Credit Hours
PHIL 2050/205G Ethics and Values 3
Biology or Physical Science   3
ASL 3530 Modern Deaf Culture 3
ASL 3610 ASL Literature I 3
ELEC 3000+   3
  Semester total: 15
Semester 5 Course Title Credit Hours
ELEC 1000+   3
ASL 4550 Multicultural Deaf Lives 3
ASL 4560 Deaf People and the Law 3
LANG 3000 Language and Culture 3
ASL 385G Audism/Linguicism/Oppression 3
  Semester total: 15
Semester 6 Course Title Credit Hours
ASL 3710 Deaf View/Image Art--De’VIA 3
ASL 3750 Deaf Cinema 3
ASL 4610 ASL Literature II 3
ELEC 3000+   3
  Semester total: 12
Semester 7 Course Title Credit Hours
ASL 4800 Deaf Culture Studies 3
ASL 4450 Deaf World Discourse 3
ASL 4410 ASL Linguistics 3
ELEC 3000+   3
ELEC 3000+   3
  Semester total: 15
Semester 8 Course Title Credit Hours
ASL 4520 Deaf People and Disability Studies 3
ASL 4890 Deaf Studies Senior Capstone 3
ASL 453G Deaf Peoples of the World 3
ELEC 1000+ 3000-4000 level ASL course 3
ELEC 3000+   3
  Semester total: 15
  Degree total: 120

Department

Name:

Languages and Cultures

Location:

CB 306

Telephone:

801-863-8518

Email:

Amelia.Riding@uvu.edu

Web Address:

uvu.edu/lang

Chair:

Sara Ulloa

Chair UVU Email:

ulloasa@uvu.edu

 
 

Mission Statement

The mission of the Department of Languages and Cultures at Utah Valley University is to prepare students to interact effectively in a global community by acquiring competent communicative skills, and developing sensitivity toward cultural differences. By engaging with linguistic and cultural artifacts such as history, literature, and contemporary social structures and systems, language and culture students learn to think critically and behave ethically as they mature in linguistic and cultural literacy. This department prepares students to enter the global work force, further graduate studies and enjoy lifelong enrichment.

 
 

Languages and Cultures

  • Administrative Contact: Amelia Riding, Admin II
  • Telephone: 801-863-8518
  • Email: Amelia.Riding@uvu.edu
  • Mail Stop: 167
  • Administrative Contact: Sally Walker, Admin III
  • Telephone: 801-863-7232
  • Email: Sally.Walker@uvu.edu
  • Mail Stop: 167
  • Advising: Sarah Lindsey
  • Telephone: 801-863-7629
  • Email: SarahL@uvu.edu
  • Program Coordinator Contact: Dan Hoffman, ASL & Deaf Studies
  • Telephone: 801-921-4371
  • Email: DHoffman@uvu.edu
  • Program Coordinator Contact: Alex Yuan, Chinese
  • Telephone: 801-863-5199
  • Email: gyuan@uvu.edu
  • Program Coordinator Contact: Walter Temple, French
  • Telephone: 801-863-7262
  • Email: walter.temple@uvu.edu
  • Program Coordinator Contact: Jeff Packer, German
  • Telephone: 801-863-8626
  • Email:  packerje@uvu.edu
  • Program Coordinator Contact: Yasuko Saito, Japanese
  • Telephone: 801-863-5650
  • Email: SaitoYa@uvu.edu
  • Program Coordinator Contact: Sara Ulloa, Russian
  • Telephone: 801-863-6257
  • Email: ulloasa@uvu.edu
  • Program Coordinator Contact: Jorge Nisguritzer, Spanish
  • Telephone: 801-863-8231
  • Email: nisgurjo@uvu.edu

 

The Language Lab, located at LA 003g, is open Monday-Friday and offers a variety of resources for students to practice language skills and get help using computers & software, tutoring one-on-one, in groups and watching DVD movies. To schedule appointments with tutors, call 801-863-7257.

 
 

Faculty

Dale Boam(2006)

Associate Professor

Department: Languages & Cultures
Faculty



B.A., Sociology, University of Utah; J.D., Disability Law & Policies, Northeastern University School of Law

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Gregory Briscoe(2002)

Associate Professor

Department: Languages & Cultures
Faculty



B.A., Spanish, Utah State University; M.A., Spanish, University of California, Berkeley; Ph.D., Spanish, University of Pennsylvania.

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Ana Chaparro(2010)

Lecturer

Department: Languages & Cultures
Faculty



B.A., Spanish Translation, M.A., Spanish Peninsular Literature, Brigham Young University.

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Tammy Christensen(2013)

Lecturer

Department: Languages & Cultures
Faculty



B.A., M.A., French Studies, Brigham Young University.

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Mari De Dios(2014)

Lecturer

Department: Languages & Cultures
Faculty



B.A., Psychology, Colombia College; M.B.A., Business, Stevens Henagar College.

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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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Debora Ferreira(2001)

Professor

Department: Languages & Cultures
Faculty



B.A., Language and Literature, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, Recife, Brazil; M.A., Ph.D., Romance Languages, University of Georgia.

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Jamie Hardman(2015)

Lecturer

Department: Languages & Cultures
Faculty



A.A., American Sign Language, Salt Lake Community College, B.A., Deaf Studies, Utah Valley University, M.A., Deaf Studies/ Languages & Human Rights, Gallaudet University.

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Benjamin Jarashow(2009)

Instructor

Department: Languages & Cultures
Faculty



B.A., M.A., Deaf Studies, Gallaudet University.

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Douglas Jensen(2000)

Associate Professor

Department: Languages & Cultures
Faculty



B.A., Spanish, M.A., Languages and Literature, University of Utah; Ph.D., Spanish American Literature, University of Iowa.

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Rebeca Lindheimer(2017)

Lecturer

Department: Languages & Cultures
Faculty



B.A., M.A., English to Spanish Translation, Brigham Young University;

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Ana Lopez-Aguilera(2014)

Assistant Professor

Department: Languages & Cultures
Faculty



B.A., English, M.A., Spanish, University of Malaga; M.A., Ph.D., Spanish, University of Nebraska.

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Jorge Nisguritzer(2007)

Associate Professor

Department: Languages & Cultures
Faculty



B.A., Spanish, Weber State University; M.A., Ph.D., Languages & Literature, University of Utah.

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Jeffrey Packer(2007)

Associate Professor

Department: Languages & Cultures
Faculty



B.A., German Teaching, M.A., German Literature, Brigham Young University; Ph.D., German Studies, University of Cincinnati.

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Yasuko Saito(2015)

Lecturer

Department: Languages & Cultures
Faculty



B.A., Spanish, Brigham Young University, M.A., Asian Studies, Seton Hall University.

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Walter Temple(2016)

Assistant Professor

Department: Languages & Cultures
Faculty



B.A., French, Elon College; M.A., French Literature, American University; Ph.D., Romance Studies, University of Miami.

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Sara Ulloa(2003)

Associate Professor

Department: Languages & Cultures
Department Chair, Faculty



B.A., Spanish Translation and Communications, M.A., Spanish Linguistics, Brigham Young University; PhD, Instructional Psychology & Technology, Brigham Young University - Provo

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Jason Wilber(2016)

Lecturer

Department: Languages & Cultures
Faculty



B.A., Spanish, M.A., Hispanic Linguistics, Brigham Young University.

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Travas Young(2010)

Visiting Assistant Professor

Department: Languages & Cultures
Faculty



B.S., Geography, Utah State University; M.A., Linguistics, Gallaudet University.

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Guofang Yuan(2010)

Associate Professor

Department: Languages & Cultures
Faculty



B.A., English Language and Literature and Teaching, Shanghai Teachers’ University; M.A., English Teaching, Beijing Normal University; Ph.D., Educational Policy, Cleveland State University.

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Careers

Careers:  
Many of your clients will be Deaf or Hard-of-Hearing. It will be to your immense advantage to be able to communicate with them directly. As a NURSE, one will be able to communicate with your Deaf patients while doing routine tasks. ELEMENTARY SCHOOL TEACHERS will possibly have Deaf children mainstreamed in their classroom. MENTAL HEALTH WORKERS, SOCIAL WORKERS, and COUNSELORS who know and understand Deaf people are in high demand. In fact, Deaf people have sought out service providers who use ASL and helped augment the number of clients utilizing a particular service provider. ADVOCATES such as LAWYERS or LOBBYISTS who work with legislators will be able to use their knowledge and skill in ASL when parts of legislation affect Deaf people. Even if you don't plan to focus on serving Deaf people, you can probably expand your client base by offering expertise in ASL. SALES ASSISTANTS in stores and shops will often encounter Deaf customers seeking to make purchases. In fact, a background in ASL will be useful in absolutely any field or employment.

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