Programs in Deaf Studies

The EdD program in Language & Literacy Education is a tailored version of the Developmental Studies program with a subconcentration in Literacy & Language Education. The Deaf Studies faculty will advise students on how the program can be tailored to incorporate the needed knowledge base related to Deaf Studies and to prepare for research on an area of interest to the student.

For information on the PhD in Applied Linguistics, see the Applied Linguistics page in the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences bulletin website. The Deaf Studies faculty have an affiliation with the Applied Linguistics program and are available to advise students on how the program can be tailored to incorporate the needed knowledge base related to Deaf Studies and to prepare for research on an area of interest to the student.

Overview

The Programs in Deaf Studies (PDS) offer students opportunities to take courses to satisfy a number of degree programs such as a BS in Deaf Studies, an EdM or CAGS in Deaf Education, an EdD in Literacy & Language, and a PhD in Applied Linguistics (in the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, GRS). In fact, the wide range of interests and experience among the students contributes to a vibrant intellectual atmosphere in the PDS.

We offer many levels of American Sign Language classes for students who are part of the Programs in Deaf Studies or who wish to study ASL to satisfy foreign language requirements. We not only prepare students for a wide range of career possibilities for which knowledge of ASL and the Deaf community will be an asset, but also provide students with the foundation needed for pursuing Deaf-related research opportunities. The PDS were founded on the premise that an understanding and appreciation of American Sign Language and Deaf culture is foundational for a successful career or quality scholarship in Deaf-related fields.