Public Affairs programs offer students a one-of-a-kind educational experience as students live and study in the nation’s capital. Students benefit from programs that have experience in advocating for the rights of deaf and hard of hearing communities. With numerous internship opportunities and comprehensive programs of study, students can join the workforce with the skills, experience, and confidence needed to become successful professionals.

Areas of Study


Peace Corps Prep program

Gallaudet Peace Corps Prep Program: This program is designed as a certificate to be awarded by Peace Corps for taking a curriculum related to Peace Corps service. The certificate will...

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Master of Public Administration

The program is especially appropriate for deaf, hard of hearing, and hearing professionals working in federal government agencies. This level of appropriateness was validated by the Deaf in Government (DIG)...

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Gallaudet’s Pre-Law program provides specialized advising for students preparing for the LSAT and careers in the legal industry. Constitutional law, civil liberties, international laws and organizations, and debate are cornerstones of the pre-law program.


Public Affairs programs allow students to experience the professional world through internships and activities around Washington, D.C. Students will have gained experience working with deaf and hard of hearing communities and will have participated in several informal and formal events outside of the classroom. Gallaudet also encourages students to participate in organizations and events in the D.C. community.

Faculty and Staff

David Penna


Karen Terhune

Manager, Office of Students With Disabilities

Geoffrey Whitebread

Assistant Professor

Brendan Stern

Associate Professor

Sean Maiwald

Lecturer I

Erin Farley

Assistant Professor

Angela Cannella

Adjunct Faculty I


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