Deaf Studies

College of Education
Student using ASL

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Deaf Studies Program Guide

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Degree Options

B.S. in Deaf Studies

Who Would be Interested in Deaf Studies?

Both deaf and hearing students who wish to develop the following knowledge and skills:

  • Communicate in American Sign Language beyond an intermediate level (as measured by the SLPI:ASL or ASLPI)
  • Demonstrate a broad knowledge of Deaf people's histories and cultures
  • Demonstrate critical thinking skills related to topics in Deaf Studies
  • Demonstrate analytical and thematic awareness of Deaf arts and literature
  • Describe the diversity within Deaf communities
  • Explain the history and dynamics of various forms of oppression
  • Integrate knowledge of Deaf Studies with other disciplines of the student's choosing

Why Deaf Studies?

  • The Deaf Studies program is a multidisciplinary program that provides students with a foundation in American Sign Language (ASL) skills, a broad understanding of Deaf people’s histories, literature, and cultures, as well as knowledge of educational and legal issues affecting Deaf people. It will expand students’ understanding of what it means to be human.
  • The Deaf Studies program is designed to allow students to complete a second major or a minor in another discipline, preparing them to specialize in service to and having effective communication with Deaf people within their chosen discipline.
  • The program prepares students for advanced study in Deaf studies, interpretation, Deaf history, ASL studies, and teaching ASL.
  • The Deaf Studies degree does not prepare students to become professional interpreters, or ASL teachers upon graduation. It may help prepare students to serve the diverse language and cultural needs of Deaf people in their chosen careers.  These careers may include counselors, government specialists, community service coordinators/advocates, medical personnel, and law enforcement personnel.

What Are the Requirements to be Admitted to the Program?

Students may select Deaf Studies upon applying to the university.

Where Are Recent Graduates Employed?

Deaf Studies is a new program.

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