The goal of
the Deaf Studies Program is to prepare graduates for paraprofessional positions
working with deaf and hard of hearing individuals. The program also prepares students
who wish to pursue further study in Bachelor's and Master's programs
specializing in interpreting, counseling, special education, or social work.
Arts (AA) Deaf Studies Option program course work includes study in American
Sign Language, Fingerspelling, Linguistics and Sociology of American Deaf
Communities. In addition to learning American Sign Language, students delve
into the cultural, behavioral, historical and social perspective of the Deaf
community. Graduates can expect to obtain the knowledge and skills necessary to
work with the Deaf and Hard of Hearing communities.
In support of the LaGuardia’s mission to educate and graduate its students to become critical thinkers and socially responsible citizens, the College has undertaken a team approach toward advising, designed to support you in your major from orientation through graduation. Your Advising Team is made up of faculty, professional and peer advisors. They will guide you at every step during your college career. They are ready to help you:
In your first semester, your First Year Seminar (FYS) professor is your advisor. In your second semester and beyond, you can log in to My LaGuardia to contact advisor(s) or make an appointment. Visit the Advising page to learn more about when to get advised and how to prepare for an advising appointment, and check out the Advising Calendar for information sessions, events and more.
Since the passing of the Americans with Disabilities Act in
the early 1990's, there's been a high demand for skilled and trained workers to
address the needs of deaf and hard of hearing individuals in the fields of
education, mental health, public services, and vocational training. Due to the
growing need, the variety of positions utilizing the skills acquired in the deaf Studies program is expanding. Deaf Studies graduates can expect to be
qualified for a variety of paraprofessional positions: teacher's assistants,
case managers, residential counselors, tutors, after-school recreational
counselors and job coaches. The Deaf Studies Program can also help Deaf and
hard of hearing students who wish to work within their own communities. Any
industry or service that requires human interaction can benefit from having
individuals that know sign language: government services, health care,
hospitality, food service, travel.
In addition, there is a rapidly growing demand for sign
language interpreters who can communicate in a visually oriented language like
American Sign Language. The Deaf Studies Program can help students prepare to
apply to LaGuardia's Adult and Continuing Education ASL-English Interpreting
Program, which has been nationally recognized.
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Current Students Log in to the CUNY Portal to review your Degree Audit to find out what classes to take. Have questions about using Degree Audit? Visit LaGuardia’s Degree Audit page for tutorials and how-to guides.
Prospective Students Review the Deaf Studies Curriculum and the recommended course sequence below.
First Year, Fall I
First Year, Spring I
Second Year, fall I
*Grade pre-requisite of C+ or better in ELM102
Second Year, Spring I
See flexible sequence for students with basic skills needs.
For information about this program’s retention and graduation rate visit the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment website page.
This course invites you to consider a topic in an interdisciplinary manner, drawing on the various courses you have taken as well as experiences outside of college; therefore, it is recommended that this capstone course be taken in your last semester. The themes available for this class the course varies from semester to semester—previous themes include "American Museum," "Epidemics," "Genocide," "Modern Medical Practice," and "Performance and Disability." Review LIB200 themes for the current semester.