Deaf Studies Minor
The Deaf Studies minor at USF will provide students with an overview of the language and culture of the American Deaf community. This content complements and enhances a variety of work settings and environments.
Requirements to earn the Deaf Studies minor (17 total credits)
ASL 2140C: Basic American Sign Language
ASL 2150C: Intermediate American Sign Language
ASL 3514: Deaf Culture
SPA 3002: Introduction to Communication Sciences and Disorders
SPA 3470: Culture and Diversity in CSD
A cumulative GPA of 2.00 or better must be achieved in minor coursework in order for a student to be certified for graduation with a minor in Deaf Studies.
A minimum grade of C- is required for each course.
Students seeking a minor in Deaf Studies must complete a minimum of three (3) of the five required courses within the minor through the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at USF.
Seat availability in ASL courses is limited and is first-come/first-served, with priority consideration given to Interpreting majors meeting major requirements to graduate. Declaring the minor does not guarantee seat availability; therefore, students should attempt to register as soon as possible each semester.
Minor Declaration Process:
The Deaf Studies minor is housed in the College of Behavioral and Community Sciences. To be eligible to declare the minor in Deaf Studies, students must have a USF system GPA higher than a 2.0, which means students can declare after their first graded semester at USF. Additionally, the college requires the approval of a student’s major advisor in order to process the minor declaration. We encourage students to make an appointment with their major advisor to discuss how adding a minor can impact time to degree and risk of excess credit hours. If approved, major advisors can provide documentation in a student’s Degreeworks audit. At that point, students can submit the minor declaration found on the college website: https://intra.cbcs.usf.edu/Forms/DeclareMinor/index.cfm