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Deaf Community Studies Major: Bach Arts | Deaf Comm Studies Minor for Interpr Studies or ASL Edu Major | Deaf Community Studies Major - Prerequisites: Bach Arts | Deaf Community Studies Major -Recommended Support: Bach Arts
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Deaf Community Studies Major: Bach Arts    
   Major Courses (59 cr. to be chosen)    
      Major Core Courses (35 cr. to be chosen)    
         SLS 1020   Beginning American Sign Language II 4 cr.  Development of basic ASL communication skills with appropriate vocabulary and grammatical structures. Emphasis on communicative and linguistic functions. Prerequisite: SLS 1010. Thirty hours of laboratory practicum required. Note: 3 cr. of SLS language courses may be used in fulfillment of general education Goal GE-6. 
         SLS 2010   Intermediate American Sign Language I 4 cr.  First level of immediate instruction and review of ASL grammatical features with further development of communication functions at the intermediate level. Prerequisite: SLS 1020 or placement. Thirty hours of laboratory practicum required for SLS 2010. 
         SLS 2020   Intermediate American Sign Language II 4 cr.  Second level of immediate instruction and review of ASL grammatical features with further development of communication functions at the intermediate level. Prerequisite: SLS 2010 or placement. Thirty hours of laboratory practicum required for SLS 2020. 
         SLS 2310   Deaf Culture 3 cr.  A survey of sociocultural factors that define Deaf persons as members of a cultural minority. Examination of Deaf history, exploration of cultural characteristics of Deaf persons, and an examination of contributions of Deaf persons to American society. Corequisite: SLS 2020. May be used in partial fulfillment of general education Goal GE-5B. 
         SLS 3010   Advanced American Sign Language I 3 cr.  Advanced American Sign Language development with a focus on English and ASL content and text analysis to increase student vocabulary and understanding of ASL syntactical patterns. Communicative dialogues will emphasize sociocultural aspects of deafness. Prerequisite: SLS 2020 or departmental approval. 
         SLS 3020   Advanced American Sign Language II 3 cr.  Continued advanced ASL development with further emphasis on sociocultural and historical considerations of deaf heritage. Prerequisite: SLS 3010 or departmental approval. 
         SLS 3290   Fingerspelling and Numbers in ASL 2 cr.  Concentrated instruction in practice of fingerspelling, numbering, and loan signs at increasing levels of complexity. Corequisite: SLS 2020 or placement. 
         SLS 3810   American Sign Language: Registers 3 cr.  An examination of the impact of register (frozen, informal, formal, consultative, and intimate) on language. Emphasis on identification and practice of vocabulary and grammatical constructs specific to a variety of situations and registers in ASL, with exploration of parallels in English. Prerequisite: SLS 3010. 
         SLS 4010   American Sign Languages: Discourse 3 cr.  Ongoing interaction in Sign Language. Students are required to prepare lectures, presentations (informative, descriptive, etc.), and conduct interviews in American Sign Language. Prerequisite: SLS 3020 or departmental approval. 
         SLS 4220   Sign Language Structure 4 cr.  Analysis of the symbolic and linguistic structure of American Sign Language and other Sign systems. Includes aspects of phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, grammar, and discourse. Examination of bilingual and bicultural practices, sociolinguistics, and related research. Prerequisites: SLS 3010 and/or departmental approval. 
         SLS 4950   Senior Seminar 2 cr.  Capstone course for senior-level students in the Department of Sign Language Studies. Students construct electronic/video portfolios of their academic and professional work in the respective areas of concentration (either Deaf Studies or Interpreting). After passing a written comprehensive examination, the culminating demonstration of students' program accomplishments is made through a presentation to peers and faculty. To be taken in the student's final academic year of the program. 
      Deaf Comm Studies Courses (24 cr. to be chosen)    
         CD  2160   Child Development: Birth through Age Eight 3 cr.  Growth and development of the young child from birth through age eight, including both typical and atypical characteristics and needs of young children, with a particular focus on theory and current research in the field. Exploration of ways to create learning environments that are healthy, respectful, responsive, supportive, and challenging for young children. Introduction of the Universal Education Vision and Principles. 
         SLS 2110   Orientation to Deafness 3 cr.  A survey of clinical and developmental aspects of hearing and deafness. Includes discussion of basic audiology, deaf education, and communicative implications of hearing loss. Prerequisite: SLS 1000. 
         SLS 2450   Deafness and Community Resources 3 cr.  History and evolution of community resource development as a contributing force behind social change within the Deaf Community. Covers topics such as education, vocational rehabilitation services, community mental health programs for Deaf persons, and community service agencies (national, state, and local). Prerequisite: SLS 1000. 
         SLS 3470   Deaf People and the Law 2 cr.  Presents the history and evolution of civil rights laws affecting individuals in the Deaf Community and the impact on integration into society. Details federal laws, such as the Americans with Disabilities Act, as well as state special education laws, laws governing interpreters, housing, employment and other related laws and regulations that affect the daily lives of Deaf citizens. 
         SLS 4040   ASL Literature and Drama 3 cr.  The use of American Sign Language as a form of storytelling, poetry, and drama. ASL literature is analyzed and incorporated as part of receptive/expressive language development and advanced skills enhancement. Includes exploration of the canons of Deaf literature and drama. Prerequisites: SLS 3020 and/or departmental approval. 
         SLS 4941   Field Placement: Deaf Community Studies 3 cr.  Observation and practicum in community-based service organizations and agencies, educational programs, vocational rehabilitation, or related areas. Documentation of placement-related experiences with on-site personnel. Requires guided reflection with instructor on regular basis. Prerequisite: SLS 2450 and SLS 3470, and departmental approval. 
         SOC 2210   This course presents an analysis of major contemporary social problems especially in the United States. Particular attention is given to the problems of poverty, racism, sexism, drug and alcohol abuse, and literacy and their impact on the contemporary workplace. Consideration is given to diverse socialogical perspectives regarding the case, consequenses and solutions to these problems. 
         WRT 3260   Business and Professional Writing (BUS/WRT*) 3 cr.  A study of the strategies and stylistic devices which lead to clear, concise, and complete business writing. Various types of business letters, memoranda, proposals, and reports are examined and developed. Prerequisite: WRT 1020. 
Deaf Comm Studies Minor for Interpr Studies or ASL Edu Major    
   Minor Courses (24 cr. to be chosen)    
      CD  2160   Child Development: Birth through Age Eight 3 cr.  Growth and development of the young child from birth through age eight, including both typical and atypical characteristics and needs of young children, with a particular focus on theory and current research in the field. Exploration of ways to create learning environments that are healthy, respectful, responsive, supportive, and challenging for young children. Introduction of the Universal Education Vision and Principles. 
      SLS 2110   Orientation to Deafness 3 cr.  A survey of clinical and developmental aspects of hearing and deafness. Includes discussion of basic audiology, deaf education, and communicative implications of hearing loss. Prerequisite: SLS 1000. 
      SLS 2450   Deafness and Community Resources 3 cr.  History and evolution of community resource development as a contributing force behind social change within the Deaf Community. Covers topics such as education, vocational rehabilitation services, community mental health programs for Deaf persons, and community service agencies (national, state, and local). Prerequisite: SLS 1000. 
      SLS 3470   Deaf People and the Law 2 cr.  Presents the history and evolution of civil rights laws affecting individuals in the Deaf Community and the impact on integration into society. Details federal laws, such as the Americans with Disabilities Act, as well as state special education laws, laws governing interpreters, housing, employment and other related laws and regulations that affect the daily lives of Deaf citizens. 
      SLS 4040/4710 Option (3 cr. to be chosen)    
         SLS 4040   ASL Literature and Drama 3 cr.  The use of American Sign Language as a form of storytelling, poetry, and drama. ASL literature is analyzed and incorporated as part of receptive/expressive language development and advanced skills enhancement. Includes exploration of the canons of Deaf literature and drama. Prerequisites: SLS 3020 and/or departmental approval. 
         SLS 4710   Selected Seminar Topics 1 cr.  Workshops or seminars include topics related to the Deaf community, Deaf culture, Sign Language, education, and related issues. (May be repeated for credit, as topics vary.) 
      SLS 4941   Field Placement: Deaf Community Studies 3 cr.  Observation and practicum in community-based service organizations and agencies, educational programs, vocational rehabilitation, or related areas. Documentation of placement-related experiences with on-site personnel. Requires guided reflection with instructor on regular basis. Prerequisite: SLS 2450 and SLS 3470, and departmental approval. 
      SOC 2210   This course presents an analysis of major contemporary social problems especially in the United States. Particular attention is given to the problems of poverty, racism, sexism, drug and alcohol abuse, and literacy and their impact on the contemporary workplace. Consideration is given to diverse socialogical perspectives regarding the case, consequenses and solutions to these problems. 
      WRT 3260   Business and Professional Writing (BUS/WRT*) 3 cr.  A study of the strategies and stylistic devices which lead to clear, concise, and complete business writing. Various types of business letters, memoranda, proposals, and reports are examined and developed. Prerequisite: WRT 1020. 
Deaf Community Studies Major - Prerequisites: Bach Arts    
   Major Prerequisites    
      SLS 1000   Sign Language in Society 3 cr.  A survey of American Sign Language and Deaf culture. Emphasis on Sign language structure, history, and usage. Discussion of a sociocultural perspective of Deaf people including readings from anthropology, sociology, linguistics, and education. Includes an examination of American attitudes toward Sign language and Deaf culture. May be used in partial fulfillment of general education Goal GE-5B. 
      SLS 1010   Beginning American Sign Language I 4 cr.  Development of basic ASL communication skills with appropriate vocabulary and grammatical structures. Emphasis on communicative and linguistic functions. Prerequisite or corequisite: SLS 1000. Thirty hours of laboratory practicum required. Note: 3 cr. of SLS language courses may be used in fulfillment of general education Goal GE-6. 
Deaf Community Studies Major -Recommended Support: Bach Arts    
   Recommended Support    
      COM 2350   Public Speaking: Theory and Practice 3 cr.  Focus on the building of public speaking skills needed in education, personal life, and careers in order to effectively communicate thoughts and feelings. Students evaluate the communication efforts of others and increase their critical listening skills. 
      ENG 2090   A history of the English Language, semantics, grammar and usage. An examination of the social, historical, political and cultural factors influencing language change. 
      NSC 1250   Health Problems (FCS/NFS/NSC*) 4 cr.  Biological approach to health and disease in man. Study of drugs, smoking, alcohol, venereal disease, sex education, nutrition, heredity, and topics of current interest. (For non-science majors.) 
      SLS 4710   Selected Seminar Topics 1 cr.  Workshops or seminars include topics related to the Deaf community, Deaf culture, Sign Language, education, and related issues. (May be repeated for credit, as topics vary.) 
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