Deaf Studies

Bachelor of Science

Students learning sign language

Overview

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 Path of Deaf Interpreting

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.

Concentrations

  • Sign Language Interpreting
  • Deaf Community Services
  • 4 Year Program
    Available Residentially
    Available Online

    Objectives

    Upon completion of the program, students will be ableto do the following:

    • Integrate biblically-based truth into the field of Deaf Studies
    • Fluently communicate using American Sign Language and other contact varieties used by the deaf, hard of hearing and deaf-blind communities
    • Demonstrate the ability to interact with Deaf individuals socially and professionally