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
Accessibility and Disability Services Advocate
Civil Rights Case Worker
Equal Rights Advocate
Language Acquisition Specialist
American Sign Language Teachers Association (ASLTA)