Bachelor of Science
The Bachelor of Science degree in Deaf Studies provides comprehensive study into the communication accessibility and human services needs of individuals who are Deaf, Deaf/Blind, Deaf-Disabled and Hard of Hearing. There are two concentrations - Sign Language Interpreting and Deaf Community Services.
Both concentrations provide an opportunity for students to advance their proficiency with American Sign Language and gain an understanding and appreciation of the Deaf-World as they combine classroom academics with practical “hands-on” communication experiences. The result is students who are both knowledgeable and proficient in their skills and able to function socially and professionally in the Deaf- World. These programs also provide preparation for graduate school in a variety of related disciplines.
A strong core of biblical and general education courses undergirds both concentrations. The degree can be completed on campus or via distance learning. There are unique proficiency assessment requirements for each concentration and they can be found at the beginning of the Moore School of Education section of our catalog.
The purpose of the Sign Language Interpreting program is to provide high quality instruction and training in practical and theoretical issues, skills, knowledge, and professionalism pertaining to interpreting services for the deaf, hard of hearing, deaf-blind, and hearing consumers. The goal is for graduates to effectively minister as Christians in the deaf community, including churches, schools, hospitals, and government agencies, as professional interpreters.