Undergraduate Minor in deaf studies

A Deaf Studies minor will prepare students to work in a variety of settings such as education, human services (social work, health care, counseling), government, and business. According to disabilitycompendium.org, in 2018, there were an estimated 11,514,337 people who are deaf or hard of hearing in the U.S, and 386,415 people who are deaf or hard of hearing in Michigan.

What you’ll learn

You will learn basic skills in American Sign Language (ASL) and knowledge of Deaf Communities. This minor will prepare you to recognize the differences in deaf people, whether they have been deaf since birth or experienced hearing loss later in life.  You will also learn how to work with different types of deafness.


The Minor in Deaf Studies is a minimum of 21 credit hours.  The 21 credit hours must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 with no course grade below ‘C-minus’.

Courses Cr. Hrs.
ASE 2050 Deaf Culture 3
ASE 3000 American Sign Lnguage I 3
ASE 3020 American Sign Lnguage II 3
ASE 3030 American Sign Lnguage III 3
ASE 3040 American Sign Lnguage IV 3
ASE 5060 Fingerspelling and Numbers 3
ASE 5070 Non-Manual Grammatical Features of American Sign Language 3
Total Credits 21



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