Outcomes and Careers
The Department of ASL and Deaf Studies plays an important role in helping students meet the five major competencies of Gallaudet's new General Studies Curriculum:
- Language and Communication
- Critical Thinking
- Identity and Culture
- Knowledge and Inquiry
- Ethics and Social Responsibility
The Department has established student learning outcomes (SLOs) for the BA and MA degree programs.
- ASL BA Student Learning Outcomes
- Deaf Studies BA Student Learning Outcomes
- Deaf Studies MA Student Learning Outcomes
Department Mission Statement:
Gallaudet University's Department of ASL and Deaf Studies is dedicated to providing the most comprehensive, challenging, and productive ASL and Deaf Studies program anywhere in the world. Expert faculty will guide students to explore the complexities of Deaf communities and their signed languages through interdisciplinary approaches.
Graduates from the B.A. Program in American Sign Language:
- Demonstrate theoretical and analytical knowledge of American Sign Language linguistics and literature.
- Demonstrate theoretical and analytical knowledge of the role of American Sign Language in education, politics and media.
- Produce college level American Sign Language and English texts that demonstrate knowledge of, critical inquiry into, key concepts in the American Sign Language discipline incorporating principles of academic integrity.
- Analyze the importance of the American Sign Language expert as a system change agent and apply this in practice inside and outside the classroom utilizing effective leadership, advocacy, language planning, and collaboration to influence change on the individual, group, and organizational and systemic levels.
- Demonstrate preparation for future career employment in the field of American Sign Language.
Graduates from the B.A. Program in Deaf Studies:
- Demonstrate knowledge of the multiplicity of deaf people's lives within the United States & internationally
- Engage in critical inquiry into changing ideological construction of deaf people, sign language, and normalcy from cultural, geographical, sociological & human rights perspectives.
- Develop research skills to produce & to present effective written & signed research projects using various media in academic discourse related to the interdisciplinary field of Deaf Studies, incorporating principles of academic integrity.
Graduates from the M.A. Program in Deaf Studies:
- Will work toward individual, institutional and ideological change through leadership, advocacy, and dissemination of new perspectives on Deaf communities and signed languages.
- Will be prepared to undertake further work in research, teaching, or related scholarly and creative activities in higher education.
- Will acquire knowledge and develop methods of critique and research relating to the historical, cultural and linguistic dimensions of Deaf communities.
- Will produce graduate level ASL and English texts that demonstrate knowledge of, and critical inquiry into, key concepts of Deaf studies
Graduates from the M.A. Program in Sign Language Education:
- Will demonstrate theoretical knowledge and display competence in classroom settings regarding methodological and socio-political issues involved in sign language teaching, curriculum development and assessment.
- Will produce graduate level Sign Language and English texts that demonstrate knowledge of and critical inquiry into key concepts in the Sign Language teaching field.
- Will recognize the importance of the Sign Language teacher as a system change agent and apply this in practice utilizing effective leadership, advocacy, consultation, and collaboration to influence change on the individual, group, and organizational and systemic levels.
- Will demonstrate preparedness to seek and obtain employment as a teaching professional in the field of sign language education.