Undergraduate Studies:
American Sign Language and Deaf Studies

Program Overview

A Partnership Program with the College of Continuing Education

American Sign Language and Deaf Studies 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. Students are encouraged to analyze existing stereotypes and policies relating to Deaf and Hard of Hearing people. This prepares them to work both within their own communities and others in effecting change for the betterment of the Deaf and hard-of-hearing community as well as Deaf-Hearing relationships.

The core program is designed for students to develop a multidisciplinary approach to the study of Deaf and Hard of Hearing people drawing from the areas of language, community, history, culture, and literature.

Program Resources

Career Options

Deaf Studies majors and minors can enter careers in both public and private sectors. Students may combine an ASL/Deaf Studies Major with a related Minor field of study such as Education, Counseling, Audiology, or Speech Therapy. Deaf Studies will provide students with a well-rounded grounding in the issues relating to the Deaf and Hard of Hearing in their fields. Students pursuing careers in the areas of health services, legal advocacy, and social services may also experience an edge in gaining employment.

Possible Careers

  • Administrative Assistant
  • Community Advocate
  • Corporate Support Staff
  • Community Relations Specialist
  • Educational Paraprofessional
  • Human Resources Officer
  • Legal/Political Professional
  • Vocational Training Paraprofessional

With Additional Training, Students Can Pursue the Following Careers

  • ASL Instructor
  • Counselor: Resident, School, Youth
  • Sign Language Interpreter
  • Social Worker
  • Teacher K-12

Program Requirements

Admission Requirements

Courses Offered

Please review the program description and course listings in the Course Catalog. (follow the Bachelor of Arts link)

Degrees Offered




Name Title Office Contact View Profile
Donald Grushkin Associate Professor Eureka Hall 312 grushkin@csus.edu
(916) 374-7251
Jennifer Rayman
Associate Professor Eureka Hall 310 jrayman@csus.edu
(916) 278-4481
William Vicars
Associate Professor Eureka Hall 308 vicars@csus.edu
(916) 374-7069


Advisors are assigned by last name of student.

ASL Club

ASL Club name in signing

ASL club website: www.csus.edu/coe/academics/undergraduate/programs/asl-club.html
ASL club on Facebook: www.facebook.com/theaslclubatsacstate

More Information

Deaf Studies

Phone: (916) 278-6639 | Office: Eureka Hall 401

Mailing Address
College of Education | Undergraduate Studies: Deaf Studies
Sacramento State | 6000 J Street | Sacramento, California 95819-6079