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Minor in Deaf Studies

Students must pass GSR102, GSR103 and DST101 with a grade of "B" or better prior to declaring a minor in Deaf Studies.


Required pre-minor courses 6 hours

DST 101Introduction to Deaf Studies3
DST 204Deaf Culture3

Required Minor Courses 6 hours

DST 203Introduction to Cultural Studies3
DST 311Dynamics of Oppression3

Elective minor courses 6 hours

DST 305Deaf Space: Concepts & Methodologies3
DST 314Oral Traditions in the Deaf Community3
DST 315Introduction to Deaf View/Image Art3
DST 316Disability Studies3
DST 401Black Deaf People's Studies3
DST 402Deaf Women's Studies3
DST 410Multicultural Deaf Lives (Topic to be specified)3
HIS 331History of the American Deaf Community3

DST 101 - Introduction to Deaf Studies (3)

This is an introductory survey to the field of Deaf Studies that highlights cutting edge concepts and theories at use in this field. The course will show how deaf people and sign languages are integral aspects of human diversity and how societies have responded to this diversity across different social, temporal, and cultural moments and movements.

DST 203 - Introduction to Cultural Studies (3)

This course investigates how culture shapes the way people see the world. Students will explore cultural readings and examine various texts around us to understand how culture, identity and history frame experiences. Traditional courses in cultural studies assume that the meanings in this world are central in creating us -- individually and collectively. Students will examine how culture transmits a view of the world and power through critical analysis.

  • Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in DST 101.

DST 204 - Deaf Culture (3)

This course will begin with a macroscopic view of culture, and then will focus on the microscopic view of the Deaf experience. Multi-disciplinary approaches --- sociological, educational, linguistic, psychological and humanistic -- will be taken to study important persons, historical events and diversity within the global Deaf community.

  • Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in DST 203 or instructor’s permission.

DST 305 - Deaf Space: Concepts & Methodologies (3)

This course introduces students to Deaf Space concepts and research methodologies. Students will investigate the ways in which the unique sensory orientation of Deaf people shapes how they inhabit the world, as well as their relationships with people and space. This course will explore the ways of dwelling of Deaf people and engage in methodological exploration derived from proxemics and visual studies fields to gain a better understanding of the characteristics and principles of Deaf Space.

  • Prerequisite: DST 101 or permission of instructor

DST 311 - Dynamics of Oppression (3)

This course examines various forms of oppression by looking across different cultures and communities, then examines possible parallels occurring within the deaf community.

  • Prerequisite: DST 101 or GSR 103

DST 314 - Oral Traditions in the Deaf Community (3)

The dynamics of oral cultures and their traditions will be introduced in this course by studying the development of oral literature and literary artists in other cultures. Then using this as background, attempts will be made to study ASL literary tradition by looking at life histories, narratives, and poetry performances.

  • Prerequisite: DST 101

DST 315 - Introduction to Deaf View/Image Art (3)

This course introduces a humanistic perspective on De'VIA and Deaf artists. Deaf View/Image Art ( De'VIA ) refers to works by artists who express their Deaf experiences through visual art. Students will also explore how other minority groups ( such as feminists, African Americans, Native Americans, etc). Use art as an expression of resistance. this course involves slide presentations of minority arts and De'VIA and group discussions.

  • Prerequisites: DST 204

DST 316 - Disability Studies (3)

This course will introduce students to the field of Disability Studies. As an emerging interdisciplinary field of study, Disability Studies does not approach disability as a "medical condition, but as a human condition" (Charlton). Instead of studying the causes and rehabilitation of persons with disabilities, we will explore the historical, social, political, religious, philosophical, and cultural influences that "construct" the category of "disability." We will also examine how persons with disabilities construct their own meanings and identities.

  • Prerequisite: DST 101 or GSR 103

DST 401 - Black Deaf People's Studies (3)

This course primarily examines black deaf people in America including the Caribbean Islands and Africa. The course is organized to focus on the history, education, community and culture, language, and psychosocial forces that influence black deaf people's experience. It will concentrate on the social, political, and cultural development of a unique group of people that is a part of the general deaf community and the black community.

  • Prerequisite: DST 101

DST 402 - Deaf Women's Studies (3)

This course will explore how the field of women's studies came into being by way of the 1848 Seneca Falls Convention. Issues faced by both hearing and deaf women will be investigated: career, educational opportunities, reproduction, and patriarchy, among others.

  • Prerequisite: DST 101

DST 410 - Multicultural Deaf Lives (Topic to be specified) (3)

This course will focus on cultural issues, values, behaviors, identities and language of Deaf people from diverse ethnic and racial backgrounds. Students will examine autobiographies, documentaries, films, videos, and academic literature to help understand the contributions and historical development of the emerging majority of the Deaf community that is underrepresented in the United States and the world. Course may be repeated as topics change.

  • Prerequisite: DST 101

HIS 331 - History of the American Deaf Community (3)

An examination of the people and the historical processes that brought together deaf individuals to form a cohesive community in the United States.

  • Prerequisite: HIS 112; or permission of the instructor.
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