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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
or ENGL 2020 Intermediate Writing--Science and Technology (3.0)  
Choose one of the following: 3
  MATH 1030 Quantitative Reasoning (3.0)  
  MATH 1040 Introduction to Statistics (3.0)  
  MATH 1050 College Algebra (4.0)  
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
  HLTH 1100 Personal Health and Wellness 2
or PES 1097 Fitness for Life (2.0)  
Distribution Courses:  
  Humanities Distribution. Highly recommend: COMM 1020 Public Speaking or COMM 1050 Speech Comm or PHIL 1000 Intro to Philosophy or HUM 1010 Intro to Humanities 3
  Fine Arts Distribution. Highly recommend: Danc 1010 Dance as an Art Form 3
  Social/Cultural Anthropology Social Science. Highly recommend ANTH 101G Soc/Cult Anth or MGMT 1010 Intro to Business or CJ 1010 Intro to Criminal Justice 3
  Biology. Highly recommend: ZOOL 1090 Intro to Human Anatomy and Physiology or ZOOL 2320 Human Anatomy 3
  Physical Science. Highly recommend: CHEM 1010 Intro to Chemistry or PHYS 1010 Elem Physics 3
  Biology or Physical Science 3
Discipline Core Requirements: 34 Credits
  ASL 2040 ASL Numbers * 1
  ASL 3050 Advanced American Sign Language ** 3
  ASL 3310 Interpreting I 3
  ASL 3510 Deaf Culture to 1817 3
or ASL 3520 Deaf Culture 1817 to 1970 (3.0)  
  ASL 3530 Deaf Culture from 1970 3
  ASL 3610 ASL Literature I 3
  ASL 4610 ASL Literature II 3
  ASL 4410 ASL Linguistics 3
  Complete 6 credit hours of 4000-level classes with an ASL prefix. 6
Complete at least 6 credits from the following courses: 6
  BESC 107G Multicultural Societies (3.0)  
  ANTH 3500 Discourse Semiotics and Representation (3.0)  
  ANTH 360R People and Cultures of the World (3.0)  
  EDEC 3300 Multicultural Understanding (2.0)  
  SOC 1010 Introduction to Sociology (3.0)  
  SOC 3000 Contemporary Social Theory (3.0)  
  SOC 320G Race and Minority Relations (3.0)  
  SOC 3560 Sociology of Deviance (3.0)  
  SOC 3700 Social Inequality (3.0)  
  SOC 4400 Social Change (3.0)  
Elective Requirements: 15 Credits
Any course numbered 1000 or higher. 15
Emphasis Requirements: 15 Credits
Complete the following courses:  
  LANG 3000 Language and Culture 3
  ASL  3710 Deaf View/Image Art--De'VIA 3
  ASL  4450 Deaf-World Discourse 3
  ASL  4560 Deafness and the Law 3
  ASL  4800 Deaf Culture Studies 3
Emphasis Elective Requirements:  21 Credits
DEAF STUDIES ELECTIVES 21
Complete 21 credits from among the following:  
  LANG 481R Language Internship (This is a variable credit course. No more than 5 credits can be applied as elective requirements. Additional credits can be applied as general electives.)  (1.0)  
  Any 3000- or 4000-level ASL & Deaf Studies courses that are not part of the core and are not emphasis requirements.  
  LANG 3010 Introduction to Linguistics (3.0)  

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
* Requires ASL skills equivalent to those expected at the completion of ASL 1020. See advisor for more information.
** Requires ASL skills equivalent to those expected at the completion of ASL 202G. See advisor for more information.

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
ENGL 1010 * Introduction to Writing 3
General Elective/ MAT 1010 * Intermediate Algebra (recommended) 4
American Institutions-AS Refer to GE (POLS 1000, POLS 1100, HIST 1740, or HIST 1700) 3
General Elective/ ASL 1020 * Beginning ASL II (recommended) 4
General Elective Any course numbered 1000 or higher 3
  Semester total: 17
Semester 2 Course Title Credit Hours
ENGL 2010 Intermediate Writing-Humanities & Social Sciences 3
MATH 1030/40/50 College Algebra** (recommended) 3
Biology Refer to GE** 3
ASL 2010 Intermediate ASL I 4
ASL 2040 ASL Numbers 1
  Semester total: 14
Semester 3 Course Title Credit Hours
Fine Art-FF Refer to GE** 3
Physical Science Refer to GE** 3
Social/Behavior Science-SS Refer to GE** 3
Humanities-HH ASL 202G   Intermediate ASL II (recommended) 3
HLTH 1100/PES 1097 Personal Health & Wellness/Fitness for Life 2
  Semester total: 14
Semester 4 Course Title Credit Hours
LANG 3000 Language and Culture 3
ASL 3050 Advanced ASL 3
ASL 3510 or ASL 3520 Deaf Culture to 1817 or Deaf Culture 1817 to 1970 3
PHIL 2050/205G Ethics and Values 3
Science 3 Refer to GE (BB or PP)** 3
  Semester total: 15
Semester 5 Course Title Credit Hours
ASL 3310 Interpreting I 3
ASL 3530 Deaf Culture from 1970 3
ASL 3610 ASL Literature I 3
Culture Elective ** 3
ASL Elective 3000-4000 level ASL course 3
  Semester total: 15
Semester 6 Course Title Credit Hours
ASL 4410 ASL Linguistics 3
ASL 4610 ASL Literature II 3
Culture Elective ** 3
ASL Elective 3000-4000 level ASL course 3
ASL Elective 4000 level ASL course 3
  Semester total: 15
Semester 7 Course Title Credit Hours
ASL 4450 Deaf World Discourse 3
ASL 3710 Deaf View/Image Art--De-VIA 3
ASL Elective 3000-4000 level ASL course 3
ASL Elective 3000-4000 level ASL course 3
ASL Elective 4000 level ASL course 3
  Semester total: 15
Semester 8 Course Title Credit Hours
ASL 4800 Deaf Culture Studies 3
ASL 4560 Deafness and the Law 3
ASL Elective 3000-4000 level ASL course 3
ASL Elective 3000-4000 level ASL course 3
ASL Elective 3000-4000 level ASL course 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:

Dr. Jeff Packer

Chair UVU Email:

packerje@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: 801-863-8047
  • 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: 
  • Telephone: 801-863-8047
  • Email:
  • Program Coordinator Contact: Dr. Bryan Eldredge, ASL & Deaf Studies
  • Telephone: 801-863-8529
  • Email: bryane@uvu.edu
  • Program Coordinator Contact: Dr. Alex Yuan, Chinese
  • Telephone: 801-863-5199
  • Email: gyuan@uvu.edu
  • Program Coordinator Contact: Dr. Gloria Gilmore, French
  • Telephone: 801-863-7262
  • Email: Gloria.Gilmore@uvu.edu
  • Program Coordinator Contact: Dr. Jeff Packer, German, Japanese & Russian
  • Telephone: 801-863-8626
  • Email:  packerje@uvu.edu
  • Program Coordinator Contact: Dr. Debora Ferreira, Portuguese
  • Telephone: 801-863-6919
  • Email: Debora.Ferreira@uvu.edu
  • Program Coordinator Contact: Dr. Jorge Nisguritzer, Spanish
  • Telephone: 801-863-8231
  • Email: nisgurjo@uvu.edu
  • Program Coordinator Contact: Travis Young, ACIPP Lab & Language Lab
  • Telephone: 801-863-6427
  • Email: Travis.Young@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. The Language Department Blog with lab hours and tutor schedules is http://blogs.uvu.edu/languages.

 
 

Faculty

Dale Boam(2006)

Assistant Professor

Department: Languages & Cultures
Faculty



B.A., Sociology, University of Utah; J.D., 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 DeDios(2014)

Lecturer

Department: Languages & Cultures
Faculty



B.A., Psychology, Colombia College; M.B.A., Business, Stevens Henager 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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Gloria Gilmore(2006)

Associate Professor

Department: Languages & Cultures
Faculty



B.A., M.A., French, Ph.D., Languages and Literature, University of Utah.

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Dan Hoffman(2012)

Instructor

Department: Languages & Cultures
Faculty



B.A., Communication Studies, Gallaudet University; M.S., Dean Studies/Deaf Education; Lamar University.

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Benjamin Jarashow(2009)

Lecturer

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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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)

Assistant Professor

Department: Languages & Cultures
Faculty



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

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Jeffrey Packer(2007)

Associate Professor

Department: Languages & Cultures
Department Chair, Faculty



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

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Sara Ulloa(2003)

Associate Professor

Department: Languages & Cultures
Faculty



B.A., Spanish Translation and Communications, M.A., Spanish Linguistics, Brigham Young University.

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Travas Young(2010)

Visiting Assistant Professor

Department: Languages & Cultures
Faculty



B.S., Geography, College of Natural Resources; M.A., Linguistics, Gallaudet University.

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Guofang Yuan(2010)

Assistant 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

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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