American Sign Language

Gallaudet University is irrefutably the world's expert on American Sign Language. Having a rich history of being a leader in deaf education for over a hundred years, as well as being the premier educational institution that identified American Sign Language as a true and independent language, it is clear that if you're interested in studying ASL, Gallaudet is the place.

The ASL and Deaf Studies Department offers a major in ASL and in Deaf Studies, as well as a minor in Deaf Studies. What is the difference between an ASL major and a Deaf Studies major?

The core programs in both majors are designed to help you develop a multidisciplinary approach in the areas of teaching, language, community, history, culture, and literature of the study of deaf and hard of hearing people. However, the ASL major will go deeper into the study of the language while the Deaf Studies major will delve further into the historical, sociological, and cultural aspects of the deaf community.

In addition, a major in ASL will give you a strong foundation if you're interested in pursuing a career in deaf education, linguistics, interpretation, sociology, or social work.  

Expand Your Skills
  • Immerse yourself in the language
  • Get involved on campus
  • Learn deaf history and culture
  • Become fluent in ASL
  • Linguistics courses are a great parallel to enhance your studies
  • Be open minded
  • Interview leaders in the deaf community
  • Join deaf-related service organizations
Career Options
  • Accessibility and Disability Services Advocate
  • ASL Instructor
  • ASL Interpreter
  • Civil Rights Case Worker
  • Community Advocate
  • Counselor
  • Equal Rights Advocate
  • Interpreter
  • Language Acquisition Specialist
  • Linguist
  • Politician
  • Program Administrator
  • Researcher
  • Writer
Professional Organizations
  • American Sign Language Teachers Association (ASLTA)
  • National Association of the Deaf (NAD)
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