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Degree Type 
Bachelor of Arts
Contact Name 
Amy Jenkins
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The Deaf and Sign Language Studies (DSLS) major adopts an interdisciplinary and integrative approach to studying the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing community and individuals in national and global societies. The program elevates awareness of Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing individuals and heightens linguistic knowledge and cultural appreciation while engaging and collaborating within their communities. Analysis of existing identities, stereotypes, and policies promotes learners to evaluate areas of needs in enforcing change for the betterment of the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing community. Note: CWU also offers American Sign Language (ASL) minor.  


Students studying DSLS/ASL can find careers in but not limited to; education, social services, business, tourism, and government. This program is also ideal for students aiming to become ASL interpreters or educators after graduation (additional training/courses may be necessary). 

Why this program 

CWU offers small, student-centered classes in American Sign Language (ASL). Students study not only the ASL but also the rich culture, history, and society. Resources available to students to support their journey throughout the courses at CWU include but are not limited to ASL Resource Center, ASL Club, and community events. Course modalities are hybrid, online, and distance learning. ASL minor is also available for students interested in pursuing this field in a smaller scope. 

Contact Information 
Amy Jenkins

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