Deaf and Hearing Sciences Minor

The Deaf and Hearing Sciences minor provides students with a foundation in the anatomy and physiology of the hearing mechanism and deepens an awareness of the impact of hearing loss on everyday life and function. Students will also take classes in American Sign Language. This minor is appropriate for students planning to go into professions specifically related to hearing and deafness, audiology, and speech pathology. It may be of interest to students planning to pursue careers in education and health related fields where they might be working with individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing. Such professions could include Special Education, Physician’s Assistant, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, and Nursing.   

Students from all majors who have earned between 45 and 60 credits and have a minimum 3.0 GPA are eligible to apply for this minor.

How to Apply

  1. Contact your current major department to obtain the minor application form and obtain approval and signatures from your major department.
  2. Email your approved/signed minor application form to bmcdonnell@phhp.ufl.edu
  3. Once the application is reviewed, we will email it back to you. Allow at least 5-7 business days for processing. May be longer during peak times in a given semester.
  4. If approved, students are required to submit the minor application form to the UF Registrar’s Office by secure upload https://registrar.ufl.edu/forms. The Registrar’s Office will process and update the minor plan to your academic record.

Required Courses

Course Credits
ASL 1110 American Sign Language 1 4
ASL 1120 American Sign Language 2 4
SPA 3032 Fundamentals of Hearing 3
SPA 3475 Deaf Culture in America 3
SPA 4321 Audiologic Rehabilitation 3
Total Credits –– 17

Please note that SPA 3032 Fundementals of Hearing must be taken before SPA 4321 Audiologic Rehabilitation. Due to overlap with their major courses, CMS students will also be required to take ASL 1130 American Sign Language 3.

Registering for courses

During registration periods each semester, students who have been accepted into the minor should email their course registration requests to bmcdonnell@phhp.ufl.edu .

It is important to note that current Communication Sciences and Disorders students and other College of Public Health and Health Professions majors will be registered for available course before minor students.