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Deaf Studies, B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #51 (BCR) Boston, MA, United States
The Deaf Studies Program at Boston University affords students the opportunity to develop insights into, and genuine appreciation for, the culture, contributions, and contemporary issues related to Deaf people in the United States.
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All students entering as freshmen at the Deaf Studies program offered by Boston University in Fall 2018 and after will pursue coursework in the BU Hub, a general education program that is integrated into the entire undergraduate experience. BU Hub requirements can be satisfied through coursework in and beyond the major and, in some cases, through cocurricular activities. 

Learning Outcomes

Demonstrate proficiency in ASL as evidenced by:

  • Achieving a rating of intermediate or better on all parameters of the SLPI Interview Scale.
  • Effectively engaging in social and academic conversations in American Sign Language, both expressively and receptively, in a variety of settings (field placement, classroom/professional presentations).
  • Using and comprehending ASL texts in a variety of topics and settings (recorded (video) and face-to-face contexts).
  • Describing the nature and structure of language through comparisons of ASL and English.

Demonstrate knowledge about significant matters related to history, culture, literature, language, education, and politics of the Deaf World by:

  • Articulating cultural and linguistic parallels of the Deaf World in the wider context of multiculturalism and reframing orientations from a pathological standpoint to a rich sociocultural and linguistic minority.
  • Identifying salient issues regarding oppression, power arrangements, privilege, minority status, and psychosocial implications for Deaf people in past and present contexts.
  • Articulating bilingual education and bilingualism issues related to (ASL/English) for Deaf and hard-of-hearing people and their historical significance.
  • Describing how knowledge of the Deaf World (visual learning, visual language, and Deaf art forms) can contribute to a better understanding of the human condition, science, and technology.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    128 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Introduction to the Deaf World
  • History and Culture of the Deaf
  • Deaf Literature and ASL Folklore
  • Seminar: Selected Topics in Deaf Studies
  • Field Experience: Deaf Studies
  • American Sign Language 
  • Psychology, Sociology, and the Deaf

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


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General Requirements

  • Common Application or Coalition Application     
  • High School Transcript
  • Senior Year Grades
  • Counselor Recommendation and School Report Form   
  • Teacher Evaluation
  • Standardized Tests
  • Secondary School Records
  • Documentation of Financial Support
  • Copy of Data Page of Passport

Tuition Fee

  • International

    54720 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 54720 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    54720 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 54720 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Boston

  • 1560 - 3240 USD/month
    Living Costs

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