A world-class institute of changemakers in the deaf and signing community.
Since 1864, we have been investing in and creating resources for deaf and hard of hearing children, their families, and the professionals who work with them.
Over 50 degree programs, with online and continuing education for personal and professional development.
Innovating solutions to break down barriers, and using science to prove what does and doesn’t work.
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Chair:Paul Dudis PhDSorenson Language and Communication Center (SLCC) Third floor
Gallaudet's Department of Linguistics is unique in its focus on both spoken and signed languages, particularly American Sign Language. The innovative research carried out by the linguistics faculty and students is advancing global knowledge of the structure and use of sign languages.
ASL is not only the subject of faculty and student research, but also the language of communication in the classroom.
Students in the department gain a broad understanding of language with a specialist's understanding of ASL. The master's program prepares students for work in fields such as language teaching, interpreter education, language planning, bilingual education and language assessment. Students who complete the M.A. program may apply to the department's Ph.D. program to pursue advanced studies in a range of theoretical and applied areas related to sign language.
Gallaudet University is a federally chartered private and premier university for the deaf and hard of hearing since 1864.
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