Welcome to the Department of Business!

Our Mission

The Department of Business (DOB) provides a comprehensive business education and experience to undergraduate students. The DOB prepares students with the knowledge and skills to successfully pursue challenging careers, graduate studies, and other post-graduate endeavors. The department has a strong commitment to bilingual education using American Sign Language (ASL) and English. The DOB emphasizes excellence in teaching, learning, and assessment through the integrated use of technology; critical thinking and analysis; a national and international perspective; and practical hands-on learning opportunities both in and outside of the classroom. 

Our Programs

The Department of Business at Gallaudet provides undergraduate programs for deaf and hard of hearing students in the fields of Business Administration and Accounting. 


The Accounting program will give students a broad base of study and is designed to prepare them for entry-level positions in government or private industry. Many accountants specialize in auditing, taxes, or consulting. There are also several professional designations within the field of Accounting which include CPA (Certified Public Accountant) as well as a CMA (Certified Management Accountant) and a CIA (Certified Internal Auditor). However, to earn these distinctions, students will have to pass extremely challenging exams after graduation. If a student is interested in becoming a certified public accountant (CPA), a faculty advisor will work closely with the student to plan courses that meet the CPA requirements and prepare for the CPA examination.

Business Administration 

The Business Administration program will prepare students for entry-level management positions in either the private or public sector.  In this major, students will study a broad spectrum of topics rather than focusing on a narrow specialization. Students will take a sequence of courses that cover all of the business fields: accounting, finance, management, marketing, business law, and strategy and policy. Students will learn how the different areas of a business function together, and how to make all these areas run together as smoothly as possible. Students will delve into issues such as diversity, ethics, politics, and other dynamics that play a role in every work environment.


Risk Management and Insurance  

The purpose of the Risk Management and Insurance degree is to develop individuals who understand how Risk Management, Insurance, and Financial Services pervade our everyday lives and are also able to give back to society in an ethically meaningful manner. Additionally, faculty strive to tie the curriculum to the practical everyday needs of the Risk Management, Insurance, and Financial Services industries by emphasizing current business and economic issues. Industry speakers, and attendance at Risk Management and Insurance industry-sponsored meetings all serve to enrich a student's classroom experience. The Risk Management and Insurance degree provides the perfect opportunity for graduates to succeed in a field eager to find new talent.


Our Accreditation

The Business Administration and Accounting programs are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) every 10 years. This ensures that the programs maintains the same quality standards as other business programs.   These programs were last re-accredited in 2010, and our accreditation report can be reviewed here.   Until the next accreditation, the department submits a Quality Assurance report to ACBSP every two years.  The most recent report covers the years 2010 to 2012, and can be reviewed here.

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