American Sign Language and Deaf Studies

American Sign Language (ASL) & the 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 the deaf and hard-of-hearing community.

With an ASL/Deaf Studies Major, students may obtain entry-level jobs in settings working with the deaf such as residential supervisor, classroom aide, vocational trainer, and much more. Students may also combine an ASL/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 the deaf and 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 ASL/Deaf Studies compared to those without similar coursework or experience.

Further, students having completed the ASL/Deaf Studies Major may be able to waive similar coursework at other universities with specialized fields of study relating to deafness that may not be offered in the Sacramento region.

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

Interpreter preparation programs: Master's level interpreting programs:

Programs Offered

Bachelor of Arts


Additional Information


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Deaf Studies
Phone: (916) 278-6639 | Office: Eureka Hall 401
Mail Address
College of Education, Undergraduate Studies: Deaf Studies
6000 J Street
Sacramento, California 95819-6079