Bachelor of Art
American Sign Language and Deaf Studies
The American Sign Language and Deaf Studies major takes an interdisciplinary approach to the study of deaf and hard-of-hearing people in American and world society. The program promotes the understanding of deaf people as a linguistic and cultural group and encourages students to analyze existing stereotypes and policies relating to Deaf and hard-of-hearing people in order to work both within their own communities and others in effecting change for the betterment of Deaf people and the hard-of-hearing community.
With an American Sign Language and Deaf Studies major, students may obtain entry-level jobs in settings working with Deaf people such as residential supervisor, classroom aide, vocational trainer, and much more. Students may also combine an American Sign Language and Deaf Studies major with a related minor field of study such as education, counseling, audiology, speech therapy, and communication studies for a more well-rounded grounding in the issues relating to Deaf people and the hard of hearing in their fields. Students in fields which are not specifically deaf-related such as nursing, law, computer engineering, and many more may also experience an edge in gaining employment, whether in deaf-related settings or not, with a major or minor in American Sign Language and Deaf Studies compared to those without similar coursework or experience.
- Provide students with an understanding of the historical, educational, and cultural concerning of the Deaf Community
- Increase students' knowledge about Deaf identity, history, and culture.
- Learn about the sociolinguistic aspects of ASL usage as it applies to gender, ethnicity, geographical region and educational status.
- Critically analyze how a Deaf person's socio-cultural history affects one's sense of self and relationships to others.
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