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Deaf Studies

Welcome to Deaf Studies.

The Deaf Studies curriculum provides students with the opportunity to explore the cultural, social and linguistic contributions of Deaf and hard of hearing people. Students will acquire an understanding of the history of the Deaf community, the role of education and the use of American Sign Language (ASL), while gaining the cultural knowledge and skills required to work with Deaf and hard of hearing individuals. 

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The two-year Deaf Studies program prepares students to work with the deaf and hard-of-hearing population in a variety of entry-level positions. 

Upon completion of this degree, students will be able to:

  • Communicate with Deaf/hard-of-hearing people at an advanced level in American Sign Language.
  • Show respect for and an in-depth understanding towards the Deaf/hard-of-hearing population.
  • Obtain a rich knowledge of the culture, history and literature of Deaf people.
  • Possess a practicum experience at a setting involving the Deaf community.

The Deaf Studies Certificate is designed for students holding a degree in another field who already have basic American Sign Language skills.

Upon completion of this certificate, students will be able to:

  • Communicate with Deaf/hard-of-hearing people at an advanced level in American Sign Language.
  • Demonstrate respect and an in-depth understanding towards the Deaf/hard-of hearing population as well as its culture, history and literature.
  • Provide resources for Deaf/hard-of-hearing people.
  • Educate other people about Deaf people and provide deaf-related resources.
  • Advocate with the Deaf/hard-of-hearing community relating to sensitive issues.

Students will become more proficient in ASL as well as becoming familiar with the culture, history, and literature of deaf people, and will gain experience working with this population.


  • A Deaf Studies student in a classroom

    career opportunities

    Entry-level career opportunities include, but are not limited to: Para-educators; dormitory residential advisors; job coaches; communication specialists.

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    communicating at an advanced level

    Learn to communicate at an advanced level with Deaf/hard-of-hearing people at an advanced level in American Sign Language.

  • A Deaf Studies student in a classroom

    culture, history & literature

    Deaf Studies students will become more proficient in ASL as well as becoming familiar with the culture, history, and literature of Deaf people.