Deaf and Hard of Hearing Studies Minor

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Deaf and Hard of Hearing Studies Minor

Program Overview

The minor in Deaf and Hard of Hearing Studies is intended to provide students with courses leading to specialized knowledge related to the fields of deafness and hearing loss. It will be of interest to students who intend to engage in teaching, counseling, rehabilitation, social work, and other professions in which contact with individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing may be expected. There may be some interest as well on the part of students majoring in TESOL and linguistics due to the bilingual aspect of the field. Finally, it will be an option for those students who wish to move on to graduate study in the fields of deaf education, rehabilitation counseling, speech-language pathology, and audiology.

How many credits are required? The minor in Deaf and Hard of Hearing Studies requires a minimum of 20 credits, five courses.  Students in the minor must earn a grade of C or better for any course to count towards the required 20 credits. A maximum of 8 credits may be accepted in transfer from another institution if approved by the Minor Coordinator, Dr. Mary Jane Sullivan. Course substitutions are not allowed. 

How long does it take to earn a minor in Deaf and Hard of Hearing Studies? It is important to plan ahead as not all of the minor courses are offered both fall and spring semester.  In order to complete the minor generally a minimum of 4 semesters would be needed.

Please note that minor requirements are different depending if the student is a Communication Sciences and Disorders Major or another major.

Contact

Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders
Hewitt Hall, 4 Library Way
Durham, NH 03824

Phone: (603) 862-0965
Email: csd.department@unh.edu

Curriculum & Requirements

The minor in Deaf and Hard of Hearing Studies requires a minimum of 20 credits (5 courses). The number of required and elective courses will vary depending upon a student's major. Students in the minor must earn a grade of C- or better for any course to count towards the required 20 credits. A maximum of 8 credits may be accepted in transfer from another institution if approved by the Minor Coordinator, Mary Jane Sullivan. Students are advised to take the Required Courses in the order listed below.

Note: Communication Sciences and Disorders majors may not use a course required of their major to fulfill both major and minor requirements.Course substitutions are not allowed.  It is important to plan ahead as not all of the minor courses are offered both fall and spring semesters.

Communication Sciences & Disorders Majors:
Required:
COMM 405Introduction to the Deaf World4
COMM 502American Sign Language II4
CSD majors: Two major courses may be applied to minor
COMM 401American Sign Language I4
ENGL/LING 405Introduction to Linguistics4
Choose one elective from the following:4
COMM 475
Have you Heard: Fundamentals of Hearing Loss
COMM 634
Conversational American Sign Language
COMM 795
Independent Study
COMM 779
Community Based Learning for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Studies
COMM 798
Special Topics
Non-Communication Sciences & Disorders Majors:
Required:
COMM 401American Sign Language I4
COMM 405Introduction to the Deaf World4
COMM 475Have you Heard: Fundamentals of Hearing Loss4
Choose two electives from the following:8
COMM 502
American Sign Language II
COMM 504
Basic Audiology
COMM 522
Language Acquisition
COMM 634
Conversational American Sign Language
COMM 705
Introduction to Auditory Perception and Aural Rehabilitation
COMM 779
Community Based Learning for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Studies
COMM 798
Special Topics
LING 405
Introduction to Linguistics

Explore Program Details

1. How do I declare the minor?

The minor is open to all students and there is no declaration process. Students may begin taking minor courses at anytime.

2. Are there prerequisites for any of the minor courses?

The ASL courses need to be taken in order. Comm 779 Internship in Deaf/ Hard of Hearing Studies requires completion of all required minor courses, junior or senior status and permission from the instructor.

3. Do the required courses need to be completed before the electives?

This would be advised but electives without prerequisites may be taken prior to completing the required courses.

4. Does completion of the minor provide certification to work in fields related to deafness and hearing loss?

No. The minor is designed to provide specialized knowledge in these areas but does not provide any certification.

5. Does the minor appear on my diploma?

No. The minor will be listed on your transcript.

6. What do I need to do when I complete the minor courses?

In order for the minor to be recognized, students need to submit a Completion of Minor Form to the Registrar’s Office. It is the student’s responsibility to adhere to university policies regarding submission requirements and due dates for the Completion of Minor Form.
General information about UNH minors and the Completion of Minor form

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