The Department of American Sign Language and Deaf Studies gives students an opportunity to acquire an understanding of the deaf community as part of human diversity. The courses are designed to prepare students to spend their professional or social lives after graduation in the deaf community or to make further contributions in a chosen academic discipline.
The Department of ASL and Deaf Studies offers an introductory course (DST 101) to help all entering students develop a special focus on the sociological, historical, and linguistic aspects of deaf and hard of hearing people. If interested, students can then explore further by majoring in either ASL or Deaf Studies, providing that pre-major course requirements are met. Core programs in both majors are designed for students to develop a multidisciplinary approach in the areas of teaching, language, community, history, culture, and literature to the study of deaf and hard of hearing people.