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American Sign Language
Our American Sign Language (ASL) programs offer students close collaboration with our outstanding faculty as they are introduced to the concepts woven throughout the Deaf communities, explicitly developing a critical understanding of its diversity and complexity. The curriculum and opportunities lead students to develop research and publications related to ASL and Deaf culture. Through our ASL B.A. and M.A. programs, students can enter the professional world ready to take on careers in various areas, including interpretation, sign language specialist, curriculum consultant, social work, education, museum work, and so much more.
Admissions Procedures and Requirements Applicants for the M.A. in Sign Language Education must complete the application procedures and meet the requirements for graduate study at Gallaudet University. Visit the Graduate...
ASL students experience life in the world’s only bilingual ASL and English university to graduate with a strong foundation in language, teaching, and Deaf Culture. Students experience scholarly research with well-published faculty and develop real-world experience through projects such as the Deaf Studies Digital Journal.
As a part of the American Sign Language (ASL) program, students will have access to state-of-the-art services and equipment in the Multimedia Lab, the opportunity to collaborate with faculty on research projects, visit the world’s largest collection of historical documents on deaf people at the Gallaudet University Archives, as well as simply being fully immersed in the ASL environment of our university.
The Motion Light Lab–started in 2009–is a unique space that aims to explore new visual technologies and the role they could play in advancing the learning experience. Given the lab’s core philosophy, “what we don’t know, we will know by doing”, they successfully bring together students, interns, volunteers, and any other curious individuals to provide their unique perspective in doing research and drinking plenty of coffee.
Through providing stories in both American Sign Language (ASL) and English, Storybook Apps set out to provide children with the fun and exciting stories they deserve. Whether they are watching the story in ASL or reading it in English, children can enjoy an interactive reading experience as they develop skills in both languages.
The Deaf Studies Digital Journal (DSDJ) is a peer-reviewed journal sponsored by Gallaudet University. Through video articles, signed literature, interviews, reviews, and historical resources, DSDJ is dedicated to the promotion of quality content and works about sign language and deaf communities.
Our Professional Studies program allows you to take part in an intensive and comprehensive American Sign Language course while already in your professional field. From the basics of fingerspelling to complex grammar, at the end of your time in the ASL Connect program, you’ll receive an ASL Certificate credential.
A large part of what it means to be in the ASL Program is being an advocate of ASL. Our University was the first to lead the charge in recognizing ASL as a true language, and as a student, you have the chance to push that legacy forward. The NSLS is the nation’s largest leadership society, and joining gives students invaluable training and resources to become successful leaders and advocates of ASL and the Deaf community.
Bison TV is our very own television and online channel for students to hone their craft while they create content available for the whole class. While acting may not be your forte, ASL students could gain invaluable experience by practicing their ASL skills and getting comfortable with on-camera signing. Consider filming a news clip, sports commentary, or short video for submission to Bison TV!
Given the growing demand for education and community service employees, we recommend students take advantage of our strong internship network and get involved with internships locally or nationally to develop their skills and prepare for careers outside the classroom.
Recent internship sites include:
DASL50 Deaf Stories Corpus 2018 Deaf Studies Conference
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