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Deaf Studies Programs

  • By: Bill Kte’pi
  • In: The SAGE Deaf Studies Encyclopedia
  • Edited by: Genie Gertz & Patrick Boudreault
  • Subject:Physical Disabilities, Otorhinolaryngology (Ears, Nose, & Throat)

Deaf Studies is a scholarly field concerned with Deaf culture, sign language, and deafness, which incorporates methodologies and perspectives from multiple disciplines, including anthropology, biology, economics, geography, history, linguistics, political science, psychology, and sociology. Depending on the university, Deaf studies programs have different area’s of specialization.

In the United States, several schools offer graduate programs in Deaf studies in addition to undergraduate programs. These schools include Gallaudet University; the California State University, Northridge (CSUN); National Technical Institute for the Deaf; Ohlone College; and the University of Bristol.

Gallaudet University

Gallaudet, located in Washington D.C., was the first and remains the only institute of higher learning designed specifically for deaf students. It was founded in 1864, having operated as a secondary school for seven years before that, and ...

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