Minor in Deaf Studies

College of Health Sciences

The minor in Deaf Studies is designed to enable students to understand and have greater awareness of, understanding of, and expertise in the Deaf community, their culture and language. Practical application of language use, cultural appreciation and understanding of deafness from a diversity viewpoint are stressed through three unique minor tracks, each with their own focus related to an integral aspect of the Deaf community. The minor prepares students from various majors to more greatly understand the population in which they provide services (Diversity track), the culture in which the Deaf individual is a member (Culture track), and develop proficiency in the cultural language of American Sign Language (Language track).  The Deaf Studies minor is open to any WCU student with an interest in the area. 

Core Requirements
KIN/CSD 110American Sign Language I3
KIN/CSD 111American Sign Language II3
Choose one of the following track:
Culture Track
KIN/CSD 210Intermediate American Sign Language I3
KIN/CSD 211Intermediate American Sign Language II3
KIN 255Introduction to Deaf Studies3
DST 357Deaf Culture Perspectives3
Language Track
KIN/CSD 210Intermediate American Sign Language I3
KIN/CSD 211Intermediate American Sign Language II3
KIN 310Fingerspelling and Numbers in ASL3
KIN 410Linguistics of ASL3
Diversity Track
KIN 255Introduction to Deaf Studies3
KIN 355Deaf History3
Select two of the following:6
Deaf Culture Perspectives
ASL Literature
Intermediate American Sign Language I
Intermediate American Sign Language II
Speech and Hearing Science
Speech and Language Development