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Deaf Studies - General Deaf Studies Emphasis, B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Orem, UT, United States
This Bachelor in Deaf Studies - General Deaf Studies Emphasis program at Utah Valley University is a liberal arts degree that provides in-depth study into all facets of the Deaf-World. Students choose among two emphases. There is no special application process, but students should declare their major by contacting the academic advisor for the Languages Department. 
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This Bachelor in Deaf Studies - General Deaf Studies Emphasis program at Utah Valley University provides an opportunity for students to gain advanced ASL skills and thorough knowledge of the Deaf-World. Graduates with this emphasis will be prepared to work in various fields related to deafness. They will also work in fields that are not specifically tied to the Deaf-World but which require the skills and knowledge cultivated through the acquisition of any liberal arts degree. This emphasis is also terrific preparation for graduate school in any number of disciplines. 


Many of your clients will be Deaf or Hard-of-Hearing. It will be to your immense advantage to be able to communicate with them directly. As a NURSE, one will be able to communicate with your Deaf patients while doing routine tasks. ELEMENTARY SCHOOL TEACHERS will possibly have Deaf children mainstreamed in their classroom. MENTAL HEALTH WORKERS, SOCIAL WORKERS, and COUNSELORS who know and understand Deaf people are in high demand. In fact, Deaf people have sought out service providers who use ASL and helped augment the number of clients utilizing a particular service provider. ADVOCATES such as LAWYERS or LOBBYISTS who work with legislators will be able to use their knowledge and skill in ASL when parts of legislation affect Deaf people. Even if you don't plan to focus on serving Deaf people, you can probably expand your client base by offering expertise in ASL. SALES ASSISTANTS in stores and shops will often encounter Deaf customers seeking to make purchases. In fact, a background in ASL will be useful in absolutely any field or employment.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • ASL Numbers 
  • Advanced American Sign Language
  • Interpreting
  • Audism/Linguicism/Oppression
  • Deaf Cinema
  • Deaf World Discourse

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

General Requirements

  • $115 application fee
  • Official High School Transcripts or Record Equivalent
  • English Proficiency
  • Affidavit of support and financial statements (All financial support papers must be in English, showing amounts in U.S. dollars.)

Tuition Fee

  • International

    16092 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 8046 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    16092 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 8046 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    5192 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2596 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Orem

  • 950 - 1650 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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