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 and engage in critical inquiry relating to topics in Deaf history, culture and sign languages.
  • Produce and present written and signed research projects related to the field of Deaf studies using various media.
  • Demonstrate in-depth knowledge of the historical, social, cultural and ideological constructions of Deaf people and their communities on national and global scales. 
  • Demonstrate knowledge of critical issues in sign language studies.
  • Demonstrate analytical and thematic awareness of Deaf arts and literature.
  • Develop research skills using primary and secondary sources and ability to analyze a variety of text critically. 
  • Demonstrate skills in effective use of written and signed academic discourse. 

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
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