Certificate in Deaf Studies

The Graduate Certificate Program in Deaf Studies provides students with historical and theoretical foundations in Deaf Studies. Students may select courses from an interdisciplinary curriculum in the areas of cultural studies, history, critical theory, philosophy, literature, disability studies, visual culture, critical pedagogy, public policy and advocacy. This 18-credit program will enhance students' knowledge of Deaf Studies, better preparing them to work in fields relating to Deaf communities.

Admissions Procedures and Requirements

Applicants for the Graduate Certificate in Deaf Studies must complete the application procedures and meet the requirements for graduate study at Gallaudet University. Visit the Graduate Admissions web site for more information and a checklist of application requirements. Detailed program information and course descriptions are also available in the Graduate Catalog.



First Date for Consideration of Application: No set date
Due Date for Completed Application: No set date

Program Specific Requirements:

  • ASLPI result: 3 or above
  • GPA 3.0 or above
  • Signed (ASL) Digital Video Statement of Interest: Applicants must submit a signed (ASL) video indicating why they want to pursue a Graduate Certificate in Deaf Studies. Signed video essays should be limited to three minutes and should provide a sense of how the Certificate will support the professional and academic interests of the applicant.

Program of Study

One course from the following History Graduate Certificate Program:

  • HIS 731 History of the American Deaf Community (3)
  • HIS 732 History of Mass Media and the Deaf Community (3)
  • HIS 733 Topics in European Deaf History (3)
  • HIS 734 Deaf People in Hitler's Europe (3)
  • HIS 735 History of Disability in the United States (3)

Five courses from the following:

  • DST 703 Deaf Cultural Studies (3)
  • DST 705 Sign and the Philosophy of Language (3)
  • DST 710 Literary Traditions in the Deaf Community (3)
  • DST 712 Enforcing Normalcy: Deaf and Disability Studies (3)
  • DST 714 Critical Pedagogy (3)
  • DST 733 Theory and Identity in Deaf Studies (3)
  • DST 735 Visual Studies (3)
  • DST 737 Public Policy, Advocacy, and the Deaf Community (3)
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