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2021-2022 Catalog 
2021-2022 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Deaf Studies and Professional Studies Division

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Division Chair Denise Thew Hackett

This division houses two undergraduate majors, Interpreting Studies: Theory and American Sign Language Studies; one undergraduate minor: American Sign Language; and four graduate programs: Rehabilitation Counseling; Rehabilitation Counseling: Deaf; Mental Health Counseling; Interpreting Studies; and Deaf and Hard of Hearing Education.


The mission of DSPS is to foster the growth of future and current professionals to become ethical, reflective and dynamic practitioners in partnership with the communities we serve.

Program Objectives

  1. Ethical - Students will demonstrate {the} application of values-based ethical principles throughout  their academic coursework and on-going professional development.
  2. Reflective - Students will recognize, analyze, and implement discipline specific skills & knowledge in iterative reflective practice individually, with colleagues, and within the community.
  3. Dynamic - Students will demonstrate commitment to continuous learning by collaborating with professionals and community members at local, national and international levels to develop an awareness of current trends in their disciplines and adapting to communities as they continue to transform.
  4. Community - Students will recognize and apply cultural competencies that foster full participation in programs and the larger community.

Information may be obtained from the Deaf Studies and Professional Studies Division office (RWEC) at 503-838-8322 or visit our website at wou.edu/dsps/.

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