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.


  • Deaf Community Services
  • Sign Language Interpreting






Admissions Requirements



Upon completion of the program, students will be able to 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

BO101     Old Testament Survey     3
GC100     Introduction to Computers     1
GE101     English Composition I     3
GT100     Student Life Seminar     1
PT101     Evangelism     2
SL101     American Sign Language I*     3

Total  13


Spring Semester

BH104     Biblical Interpretation I: Principles of Interpretation    2
     New Testament Survey     3
BP102     Christian Ethics      2
GC111     Mathematics Survey     3
GE102     English Composition II*     3
SL102     American Sign Language II    3

Total  16

*Must make a C or better

Fall Semester

BH201    Biblical Interpretation II: Dispensationalism    2
    Science Survey     3
GH101     Survey of World History I      3
GS201     Principles of Speech     3
SL201     American Sign Language III*     3

Total  14


Spring Semester

BH202     Biblical Interpretation III: Issues in Eschatology    2
                  Fine Arts Elective    3
     General Psychology     3
SL202     American Sign Language IV*     3
SL221     Deaf Ministry*     3
SL240     Introduction to the Interpreting Profession*     3

Total  17

*Must make a C or better

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