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Department of Communicative Sciences and Deaf Studies

Minors and Certificates

Minor in Communicative Sciences and Deaf Studies

A minor in this area provides opportunities for non-CSDS students to have a good foundation either in Communicative Sciences or Deaf Studies. The particular foundation allows these students to enhance their majors with the studies of the minor.

For example, students in psychology may be interested in counseling careers working with deaf and hard of hearing people. They will appreciate the importance of understanding the challenges of working with deaf and hard of hearing children and adults, learning about Deaf culture and American Sign Language, and studying communication and educational options parents and teachers for their deaf and hard of hearing children. Other students majoring in linguistics, education, health professions, and other areas will also appreciate the foundation the option of the Minor in CS provides.

Other non-CSDS students will pursue the second option of the Minor in Communicative Sciences, which is Speech-Language Pathology/Audiology enhancing their major with the foundation regarding speech, language, and hearing disorders.

Please take a note that with permission of the department chair, substitutions can be made. The CSDS Minor also requires a 2.0 GP and 6 upper-division units in residence.

Eighteen units are required for either of the two options:

Deaf Studies Option:
CDDS 80, 91, 92, 93, 139, 141 (18 units)

Speech Pathology/Audiology Option:
CDDS 80, 91, 95, 101, 102, 109 (18 units)


Certificate of Deaf Culture Competence

The Certificate of Deaf Culture Competence will be awarded to students who first complete the 12-unit program of study consisting of CSDS 94S, 96,136S, and 139. Students must then pass the departmental proficiency interview in American Sign Language. The departmental exam is offered at the end of the semester each spring. Students can contact Dr. Janice Smith-Warshaw at to sign up for the proficiency interview.

Students who are majoring in other disciplines can complete the certificate that will enable them to become more marketable. The recipients of the certificate are considered fluent and possess the expressive and receptive communication skills needed to successfully communicate with deaf and hard-of-hearing children, youth, and adults.

Note: CSDS 136S has a prerequisite of CSDS 91, 92, 93, 94S

View the Fresno State Catalog for more information.