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 this catalog.

Concentrations

  • Deaf Community Services
  • Sign Language Interpreting
 
 

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

Summary of Required Hours

Biblical Studies 30
General Education 36
Professional Studies  54
Total 120

Degree Completion Plan

Fall Semester

Sl342 Educational Interpreting 3
SL400 ASL Linguistics 3
  Bible Elective 3
  General Education Elective 3
  Humanities Elective 3
  Total 15

Spring Semester

SL488 Fieldwork/Internship* 8
  Bible Elective 3
PA100 Health Ed. or PE Activity 1
  Exit Exam 0
  Total 12

*Must make a C or better

In order to become a candidate for graduation a student

  1. Shall have completed a minimum of 30 credit hours at PIU;
  2. Shall have maintained a minimum academic average of C (higher for some programs);
  3. Shall have passed all courses in his/her curriculum and made a C or better in key courses designated as essential in each program;
  4. Shall have completed at least 24 of the final 30 hours with Piedmont International University;
  5. Shall have satisfactorily completed the Christian Service requirements;
  6. Shall have given evidence of high Christian character and conduct in accord with University standards. He/she shall also manifest essential agreement with the Statement of Faith;
  7. Shall have paid in full his/her account with the University;
  8. Must have received a decision of eligibility for graduation from the Faculty.

In order to become a candidate for graduation a student

  1. Shall have completed a minimum of 30 credit hours at PIU;
  2. Shall have maintained a minimum academic average of C (higher for some programs);
  3. Shall have passed all courses in his/her curriculum and made a C or better in key courses designated as essential in each program;
  4. Shall have completed at least 24 of the final 30 hours with Piedmont International University.