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Penn State University Park

Begin Date: Fall 2014
End Date: Fall 2016

Deafness and Hearing Studies Minor

University Park, College of Health and Human Development (DHS)

Contact: Diane L. Williams,; Joel Waters,

This interdisciplinary minor is designed for students who want to learn about individuals with hearing disabilities, audition, and deafness within an individual and societal context. Core courses include knowledge and skills in preventing hearing loss, basic communication skills and disabilities, history, thought and culture of individuals who are deaf, and principles of human behavior and their applications. The minor will assist students in recognizing relationships among hearing disability, deafness, cultural differences and their impact on the individual in educational, social and vocational settings. Specializations include, but are not limited to, health-related fields, communications, societal and social life, cultural impact, educational experiences, prejudice and discrimination, and rehabilitation. Students will be able to place deaf culture and hearing disabilities in the proper perspective necessary for life-long learners engaged in fostering climates which embrace individuals from diverse backgrounds, especially disabilities.

The minor is most appropriate for students interested in clinical and health-related fields (e.g., nursing, biobehavioral health, or medicine), professional fields (e.g., business, pre-law, or communications), social sciences (e.g., human development and family studies, sociology, or psychology), and education (e.g., early childhood education, special education, rehabilitation counseling), as it will provide students with exposure to the range of variation in persons with hearing disabilities and deafness across the lifespan.

Students from any major (except Communication Sciences and Disorders) can declare a minor in Deafness and Hearing Studies. A grade of C or better is required for all courses in the minor. Students seeking advising for this minor should contact the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders.

Scheduling Recommendation by Semester Standing given like (Sem: 1-2)


CSD 146 US;IL(3), CSD 269 US;IL(3), PSYCH 100 GS(3) (Sem: 1-6)

(Some courses in this category have prerequisites that are not required in the minor.)
(At least 6 credits must be at the 400 level.)
COMM 408(3), COMM 411(3), CSD 218(3), CSD 230(3), CSD 296(3), CSD 301(3), CSD 331(3), CSD 433(3), CSD 451(3), CSD 495B(3), CSD 496(3), EDPSY 010 GS(3), HD FS 129 GS(3), HD FS 417 US;IL(3), KINES 400(3), NURS 401(3), NURS 452(3), PSYCH 253 GS(3), PSYCH 420(3), PSYCH 432 US(3), PSYCH 441(3), PSYCH 476(3), RPTM 277 US(3), RHS 300(3), RHS 403(3), SOC 001 GS(3), SOC 003 GS(3), SOC 429(3), SOC 430(3), SPLED 400(3), SPLED 425(4) (Sem: 1-8)

Lasted Revised by the Department: Summer Session 2014

Blue Sheet Item #: 43-01-047

Review Date: 08/19/2014

UCA Revision #1: 8/20/06




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