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American Sign Language & Deaf Studies

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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 in others in effecting change for the betterment of the deaf and hard-of-hearing community.

Career Options

Deaf Studies majors and minors enter careers in both public and private sectors. Students may combine a degree or minor in ASL/Deaf Studies with a related field of study such as Education, Counseling, Audiology, or Speech Therapy. Possible Careers include Administrative Assistant/Support Staff, Community Advocate/Community Relations Specialist, Educational Paraprofessional, Human Resources Officer, Legal/Political Professional, and Vocational Training Paraprofessional.

With additional training, students may prepare to work as ASL-English interpreter, ASL instructor, Counselor, or for graduate programs