• Deaf Studies  

    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. 

  • The Liberal 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:

    • Explore your major
    • Select introductory and advanced courses
    • Connect you with campus support services
    • Prepare an educational and career plan

    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.

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    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.

    Explore career possibilities on Career Connect.

    Additional Resources

    • Interpreting
      The Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, Inc. (RID), is a national membership organization that advocates for excellence in the delivery of interpretation and transliteration services between people who use sign language and people who use spoken language. In collaboration with the Deaf community, RID supports its members and encourages the growth of the profession through the establishment of a national standard for qualified sign language interpreters and trans-literators, ongoing professional development and adherence to a code of professional conduct. 
      One of RID’s principal functions is administer nationally recognized certification examinations for sign language interpreters. Individuals obtaining RID certification are recognized as demonstrating a qualified level of linguistic and cultural competency for professional interpreting services.
    • Discover Interpreting 
      Discover Interpreting, run by the National Consortium of Interpreter Education Centers, is designed to introduce students to the field of sign language interpreting. It provides a variety of resources including career advice, training options and additional interpreting resources. It is an excellent place to begin your journey into interpreting.
    • NAD 
      The National Association of the Deaf (NAD) is the nation's premier civil rights organization of, by and for deaf and hard of hearing individuals in the United States of America. 
      The NAD was shaped by Deaf leaders who believed in the right of the American Deaf community to use sign language, to congregate on issues important to them, and to have its interests represented at the national level. These beliefs remain true to this day, with American Sign Language as a core value. 
      The NAD works to ensure that the collective interests of the American deaf and hard of hearing community are seen and represented among our nation’s policy makers and opinion leaders at the federal level.

    Deaf Education

    Current Students
    Log in to My LaGuardia 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 curriculum.

    Please note: Students will be held to the program and degree requirements of the year that they enter the College, unless the student changes their major in a different academic year. In that case, the student will be held to the current year requirements as listed in the catalog. Learn more.

    Degree Map
    Use the Degree Map and DegreeWorks to assist in academic planning and creating your own graduation plan in ePortfolio. See a full list of Flexible Core courses on the Pathways page.

    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.

    Click here to view the LIB200 themes