Deaf Studies Major

Deaf Studies is a program that focuses on the sociological, historical and linguistic aspects of the deaf and hearing impaired, and that prepares individuals to work with the deaf and hearing impaired.

Deaf Studies majors and degree programs typically include instruction in American Sign Language, deaf studies, American deaf culture, structure of American Sign Language, history of the American deaf community, and civil rights of deaf people.

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Search for colleges that offer a degree in Deaf Studies (use the College Search feature and enter " Deaf Studies " in the major search field). Read the school’s department pages, they are often loaded with useful and specific information about the field.

What can you do with a major/degree in Deaf Studies?

A major/degree in this area of study may lead to careers in public and private agencies to meet the need of deaf clients and patients.  As well, students can use these programs to prepare for deaf education teacher training programs and in research and linguistics.  In addition, there are career opportunities in social services as a counselor, psychologist, speech pathologist, language development specialist, audiologist, audio metrist, medical doctor, nurse, etc.  Plus, coursework in this major may be used to satisfy the bilingual requirements of occupations such as law enforcement, firefighting, emergency medicine, etc. in the areas of management and personnel; or in working with relay and referral agencies that provide equal opportunities to deaf people.

Trade Associations and Professional Organizations in Deaf Studies:

Professional associations are groups of specialists dedicated to topics in particular fields. Professional associations provide a wealth of online resources, some of which are geared specifically towards students. These organizations typically also host conferences and events, providing great opportunities for learning and networking across your field of interest.

Publications/Magazines in Deaf Studies: