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Deaf Studies

Deaf Studies (B.A.)

Our Deaf Studies program is a multidisciplinary program that provides students with a foundation in American Sign Language (ASL) skills, a broad understanding of Deaf history, literature, and culture, 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 potentially complete a second major or minor in another discipline, therefore preparing them to specialize in service to Deaf people within their chosen discipline.  The Deaf Studies degree does not prepare students to become professional interpreters or ASL teachers upon graduation.  The program 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. This program also prepares students for advanced study in Deaf studies, interpreting, Deaf history, ASL studies, and teaching ASL. 

Program Objectives
Upon completion of this program, the graduate will:  

1) Communicate in American Sign Language beyond an intermediate level (as measured by the SLPI: ASL or ASLPI)

2) Demonstrate a broad knowledge of Deaf people’s histories and cultures

3) Demonstrate critical thinking skills related to topics in Deaf Studies

4) Demonstrate analytical and thematic awareness of Deaf arts and literature

5) Describe the diversity within Deaf communities

6) Explain the history and dynamics of various forms of oppression

7) Integrate knowledge of Deaf Studies with other disciplines of the students’ choosing 

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