BA in American Sign Language/Deaf Studies

Units required for Major 41-44

Program Description

American Sign Language and Deaf Studies takes an interdisciplinary approach to the study of deaf and hard-of-hearing people in American and world society. The program promotes the understanding of the deaf community as a linguistic and cultural group and encourages students to analyze existing stereotypes and policies relating to deaf and hard-of-hearing people in order to work both within their own communities and others in affecting change for the betterment of the deaf and hard-of-hearing community.

Career Options

Deaf Studies majors and minors can enter careers in both public and private sectors. Students may combine an ASL/Deaf Studies Major with a related Minor field of study such as Education, Counseling, Audiology, or Speech Therapy. Deaf Studies will provide students with a well-rounded grounding in the issues relating to the Deaf and Hard of Hearing in their fields. Students pursuing careers in the areas of health services, legal advocacy, and social services may also experience an edge in gaining employment.

Possible Careers

  • Administrative Assistant
  • Community Advocate
  • Corporate Support Staff
  • Community Relations Specialist
  • Educational Paraprofessional
  • Human Resources Officer
  • Legal/Political Professional
  • Vocational Training Paraprofessional

With Additional Training, Students Can Pursue the Following Careers

  • ASL Instructor
  • Counselor: Resident, School, Youth
  • Sign Language Interpreter
  • Social Worker
  • Teacher K-12

Program Requirements

Required Courses (41-44 Units)
DEAF 51American Sign Language 13
DEAF 52American Sign Language 23
DEAF 53American Sign Language 34
DEAF 56ASL Fingerspelling and Numbers1
DEAF 57ASL Classifiers2
DEAF 60Introduction to Deaf Studies3
DEAF 154American Sign Language 44
DEAF 155American Sign Language 54
DEAF 161Deaf History3
DEAF 162Deaf Culture and Community3
DEAF 163ASL Literature3
DEAF 164Sign Language Structure and Usage3
DEAF 165Seminar: Current Issues in the Deaf -World2 - 5
DEAF 166Experiences in the Deaf Community3
Total Units41-44