Department of American Sign Language and Deaf Studies

Web: Department of ASL & Deaf Studies
College of Arts and Sciences

Dr. Arlene B. Kelly, Chair
Sorenson Language and Communication Center, Room 1215

The Department of American Sign Language and Deaf Studies offers an M.A. degree that provides an interdisciplinary approach to the field of Deaf Studies. Students engage Deaf Studies through a critical exchange with related fields, including cultural studies, policy studies, anthropology, history, literature, critical theory, linguistics, philosophy, sensory studies. Students can choose from three concentrations: Cultural Studies, Language and Human Rights, and Early Language Advocacy.

Students will be prepared to work in various fields, including language planning, human rights advocacy, culture resource management, family outreach, entrepreneurship, and policy-making positions in government, the NGO sector and
the private sector. In addition, the Cultural Studies Concentration has traditionally served as a gateway to doctoral studies and culminates in a rigorous research-based contribution to the field. 

Graduate Programs and Certificate offered:

M.A. in Deaf Studies: Cultural Studies M.A. in Deaf Studies: Early Language Advocacy M.A. in Deaf Studies: Language and Human Rights M.A. in Sign Language Education Certificate in Deaf Studies Department Courses