Human Development, Deaf Studies Emphasis (HDDFS.BA)


Early Childhood, Elementary, and Special Education

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Degree Checklist

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General Education Core

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This major requires College Algebra or Statistics as the general core mathematics course. The Intermediate and Advanced Sign Language courses in the program's emphasis area fulfill the Intermediate Foreign Language requirement for the Bachelor of Arts degree.

General Eduation Core

Deaf Studies Emphasis (21 hrs)

SIGN 112 - Elementary American Sign Language Credit Hours: 3

A manual for learning sign language in sentence form. It is designed to teach sign language in the easiest, fastest and most practical way.  



SIGN 210 - Sign Communication Credit Hours: 3

Designed for students who have a basic knowledge of American Sign Language (ASL), the content in this course provides a foundation for the sequence of ASL courses. Focuses on use of classifiers, greater fluency in fingerspelling and numbers through dialogues and peer interactions. In addition, the course is designed to sharpen the receptive skills of students in fingerspelling, numbers, and classifier comprehension.


SIGN-111 with a grade of C or higher.

SIGN 211 - Intermediate Sign Language I Credit Hours: 3

An intermediate-level course that extends students' development of comprehension and sign production skills.  In addition, the course continues to build conversational proficiency and expand vocabulary range.  It also provides more extensive opportunities for students to interact with members of the Deaf community, immersing them in Deaf culture and heritage.


SIGN 111 and SIGN 112

SIGN 212 - Intermediate Sign Language II Credit Hours: 3

The fourth in a series of courses based on American Sign Language concepts and principles.  This course is designed to increase recognition and recall skills in dialogue communication.  American Sign Language idioms are also included as well as a deeper understanding of the grammar, syntax, and complexities within the language.


SIGN-111, SIGN-112, and SIGN-211

SIGN 311 - Advanced American Sign Language, Level 5 Credit Hours: 3

The culminating course of five American Sign Language (ASL) courses, SIGN-311 is designed to encourage students to engage themselves in the Deaf Community. ASL idioms and Deaf etiquette are addressed as students continue to develop advanced grammar and vocabulary.


SIGN-211 and SIGN-212, with a grade of C or higher.

DEAF 315 - Introduction to Deaf Studies Credit Hours: 3

Designed to examine the impact of a hearing loss and to give an overfiew of many facets related to deafness, this course will explore differences between deaf and Deaf (d/Deaf) and address the clinical perspective versus the cultural perspective on deafness. Topics include perspectives on deafness, mainstream vs. residential school, history of the American Deaf population, the importance of "Deaf-World," technology devices for the d/Deaf, challenges for d/Deaf individuals in the family, public community, work force, and religion.



DEAF 316 - Language Development for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Credit Hours: 3

An introduction to the development of language in children who are deaf or hard of hearing, and the effects of hearing loss on the development of English. Problems and issues related to language development are presented for reflection and discussion.



Developmental (6 hrs)

Choose two courses:

PSYC 260 - Lifespan Development Credit Hours: 3

An introductory course in developmental psychology that emphasizes significant developmental issues and challenges that occur physically, cognitively, and socially across the lifespan.


PSYC 200

PSYC 361 - Child Development Credit Hours: 3

A review of the principles of behavior in infancy and childhood; physical, intellectual, social, emotional and language development in the normal child.


PSYC 200 & PSYC 260 or EDUC 199

PSYC 362 - Adolescent Development Credit Hours: 3

A review of the principles of behavior of the adolescent; the physical, intellectual, social, and emotional development specific to this period of maturation.


PSYC 200 & PSYC 260.

Intellect/Educational (6 hrs)

Choose two courses:

PSYC 312 - Educational Psychology Credit Hours: 3

A study of the psychological foundations for learning and the procedures by which learning is accomplished. Also covered is an evaluation of teaching methods and learning tools.

PSYC 341 - Learning and Cognition Credit Hours: 3

Explores the many types of learning from simple conditioning to more complex forms of language, intelligence, problem solving and motivation.


PSYC 200

READ 371 - Survey of Reading Credit Hours: 3

A study of the reading process and the history and philosophy of the various models of reading instruction. Requires co-requisite enrollment in READ-371L. 



ECED 315 - Foundations of Early Childhood Education Credit Hours: 3

A course designed to give the prospective teacher an overview of the theoretical models of early childhood education and to provide a broad overview of the historical, sociological and philosophical foundations of the American education system.


EDUC-199 and EDUC-299, or MUED-225.

EDUC 315 - Historical, Philosophical, and Sociological Foundations of American Education Credit Hours: 3

A course designed to provide an understanding of the significance of the influence of historical, philosophical and sociological factors and trends in school administration, materials and methods of instruction and the needs of the pupil and society.  


EDUC-199 or MUED-225

EDMG 315 - Foundations of Middle Grades Education Credit Hours: 3

This course is designed to give the prospective teacher an overview of the theoretical models of middle level education and to provide a broad overview of the historical, sociological and philosophical foundations of the American education system. Students will explore preadolescent and young adolescent characteristics, middle grades teaching, student learning, and organizational characteristics of a middle level school. Twenty hours of tutoring or observations must be completed.


EDUC-199 and EDUC-299.

Family (3 hrs)

Choose one course:

SOCI 220 - Marriage and the Family Credit Hours: 3

An introductory study of dating, courtship, marriage, preparation for marriage, the selection of a marriage partner, the roles of members of the family, family rituals, and patterns of interaction.

SOCI 320 - Sociology of the Family Credit Hours: 3

A study of the origin of the family, background of the modern American family, social changes and the family roles of members of the family, and problems of family life.


SOCI 200

Exceptionalities (3 hrs)

Choose one course:

SPED 316 - Exceptional Child Credit Hours: 3

An introduction to special education including historical foundations, special education law and current practice. The course will introduce all current information pertinent to those who will work with students with disabilities especially those students included in the general education classroom. Issues and trends that address techniques, strategies and procedures for working with students with disabilities will be emphasized. A summary of each category of disability will be offered as well as suggestions for accessing school and community resources.



SOCI 380 - Juvenile Delinquency Credit Hours: 3

An examination of delinquent behavior and the general operation of the juvenile control system.


SOCI 200

SOCI 212 - Social Problems Credit Hours: 3

A study of major contemporary social problems, their nature, bases, consequences, and alternative solutions. Required of all students majoring in sociology or social science.


SOCI 200

PSYC 481 - Abnormal Psychology Credit Hours: 3

Examines the causes, symptoms, classification, diagnosis, and treatment of the many types of mental disorders.


PSYC 380

Cultural (3 hrs)

Choose one course:

ANTH 310 - Cultural Anthropology Credit Hours: 3

An introduction to various aspects of culture including material, social, economic, aesthetics, political, religious and linguistic factors.

ANTH 312 - Human Geography Credit Hours: 3

This course examines cultural change and cultural regionalism, concepts and models of spatial interaction, and spatial behavior including geographical patterns of languages, religion, ethnic groups, folk and popular culture, and population geographical distribution of economic, urban and political organizations.

ANTH 354 - Intercultural Communication Credit Hours: 3

A study of the relationship between communication and culture with emphasis on factors affecting the processes and quality of interpersonal communication between those of differing cultures and subcultures.

ANTH 410 - Race and Ethnic Relations in the U.S. Credit Hours: 3

The significance of ethnic minorities in American society and the world with an introduction to sociological and anthropological theory as well as an interpretation of dominant-minority relations.



PSYC 434 - Culture and Personality Credit Hours: 3

Survey of the approaches to the interrelation between the personality system and the soci-cultural environment with emphasis on mental disorder and cultural change.


PSYC 200 or SOCI 200

Health/Phys Development (3 hrs)

Choose one course:

HLTH 360 - Personal and Community Health Credit Hours: 3

This course emphasizes the concepts, anatomical knowledge, risk factors and behaviors that profoundly affect personal health and self-care. It addresses consumer issues and criteria for evaluating health products and services in the private, industry and government sectors.

HLTH 365 - Child Health and Social Behavior Credit Hours: 3

A study of the physical and psychosocial growth and development of children; includes methods of organizing and implementing health measures, determining health status through screening processes; detection of remedial defects, referral procedures, and follow-up for correction; the promotion of physical, mental, social and emotional health through environmental and special health services.


HDEV 495 - Integration of Faith and Vocation Credit Hours: 2

A seminar course designed to be the culminating experience for the Human Development (non-licensure) programs, as well as for the Special Education non-licensure program. This course is designed to integrate the fundamentals of faith and vocation. Students will be challenged to synthesize Lee University's core values with plans to live out those values in their future vocations.


Senior status.