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Bachelor of Science (BS) in Deaf Human Services

Break down barriers. Connect people with valuable services.

Do you want to learn how to provide direct services to deaf people in American Sign Language? This program provides you the case management, safety planning, intervention, advocacy and community integration skills to make it possible to work with deaf people receiving services in a variety of helping professions. You will also learn the cross-cultural skills needed to provide services in a way that affirms the cultural identities and values of those you serve. If you aren’t yet fluent in sign language, you will have the opportunity to learn the language from Deaf, native signers. 

The Bachelor of Science degree in Deaf Human Services combines skills in American Sign Language, Deaf culture, social work and psychology to prepare you to provide direct services to deaf people in ASL. Students must meet sign language fluency skill level requirements to declare this major and to graduate. The success of providing direct services such as these is heavily dependent on language accessibility. It is essential that you are able to communicate with ease in the language of the individuals being served, therefore an ASLPI score of 2.0 or higher is required to enroll in the online program. William Woods does not offer American Sign Language online, so students must already possess the ASL language skills necessary prior to beginning the program.

The program includes a capstone project with the choice of an internship or a major research project. Upon completion of this degree, you’ll be able to work alongside deaf people with different types of needs in finding solutions toward a healthier future.

Special opportunities:

  • Work directly with State and community agencies serving deaf individuals, students at Missouri School for the Deaf, members of the local Deaf community, and Deaf instructors and tutors.
  • Communicate effectively with members of the Deaf community and achieve a recognized level of fluency in ASL.
  • Learn about important services available in the community and how to ensure they are accessible to deaf individuals and families.
  • Gain practicum experience in education, mental health, vocational and other settings.
  • Join extracurricular learning experiences including the ASL Honor Society and the Hands Up club on campus
  • Learn how to conduct research from our expert faculty members.
  • Have the unique experience of presenting your findings at local, regional and national conferences

 

Our DHS degree at work.

A Bachelor of Science degree in Deaf Human Services positions you to work in a variety of careers or continue your studies by earning a Master’s degree in human services, psychology or social work. Possible career options include:

  • Mental Health Case Worker
  • Developmental Disabilities Service Coordinator
  • Children’s Service Worker
  • Family Support Worker
  • Social Services Liaison
  • Life Skills Instructor
  • Client Advocate
  • Psychiatric or Psychological Technician
  • Clinical Casework Assistant
  • Probation and Parole Officer
  • Rehabilitation Case Worker

Requirements/Curriculum

Courses you may take

ASL 101

Career Seminar in ASL Studies

3.00

ASL 120

Deaf Culture -D

3.00

ASL 321

Sociological Perspectives of Deaf Education

3.00

ASL 425

Linguistics of American Sign Lang

3.00

ASL 450

Senior Capstone

3.00

EDU 231

Exceptional Child

3.00

EDU 351

Language Development

3.00

MAT 114

Elementary Statistics -M

3.00

PSY 101

General Psychology I -S

3.00

PSY 102

General Psychology II -S

3.00

PSY 313

Statistics for the Social Sciences

3.00

PSY 411

Abnormal Psychology

3.00

SCA 245 or SWK 245

Ethics in Social Science -E

3.00

SWK 215

Social Welfare -S

3.00

SWK 274

Mental Health Services & Policies

3.00

SWK 312

Intervention Strategies Indiv/Famil

3.00

SWK 313

Research Methods

3.00

SWK 316

Human Behavior in the Environment I

3.00

SWK 317

Human Behavior in Environment II

3.00

Curriculum

Requirements

  • A completed application
  • Hold an associates-level degree in an interpreting preparation program which includes successful completion of ASL 1-4 and Interpreting 1 and 2 at minimum OR hold current certification or ASLPI score of 2.0 or higher with relevant experience in the field of interpreting
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher before starting program

Admissions Information

Learn more about undergraduate admissions requirements, deadlines, tuition and financial aid available to you.

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