M.A. in Deaf Studies

Cultural Studies Concentration

Students in this concentration gain a critical understanding of the position of the Deaf World within the context of human cultures by using a variety of theoretical approaches to the concepts of identity, ideology, resistance, and culture. Students will work a full academic year toward the completion of their Cultural Studies Research project which may take the form of a thesis or a creative, media related project. Research projects will be conducted under the guidance of faculty who instruct Cultural Studies Research Project I and II. Graduates of the Cultural Studies concentration will be prepared to teach Deaf Studies at the post-secondary level, enter fields of advocacy, and pursue further research and education in anthropology, cultural studies, sociolinguistics, disability studies, and critical theory.

For the program of study and requirements for the M.A. in Deaf Studies, click the link "Concentration" in the right-side menu.

Program of Study

Core Curriculum

All students admitted to the program must complete the following core courses with grades of B or higher.

Semester I (Fall)

GPS 700 Culture and Language Seminar (1)
DST 700 Proseminar I (1)
DST 703 Deaf Cultural Studies (3)
DST 705 Sign and the Philosophy of Language (3)
ASL 709 ASL Media Production (3)

Semester II (Spring)

DST 701 Proseminar II (1)
DST 710 Literary Traditions in the Deaf Community (3)
DST 712 Enforcing Normalcy: Deaf and Disability Studies (3)
DST 714 Critical Pedagogy (3)
HIS 731 History of the American Deaf Community (3)

Semester III (Fall)

DST 733 Theory and Identity in Deaf Studies (3)
DST 735 Visual Studies (3)
DST 780 Deaf Studies Master's Project I (3)

Semester IV (Spring)

DST 737 Public Policy, Advocacy and the Deaf Community (3)
DST 790 Deaf Studies Internship (3)
DST 781 Deaf Studies Master's Project II (3)

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