working for agencies and organizations that provide services to the deaf community, teaching assistants, job coaches, residential dorm counselors, case managers, program coordinators, or administrative specialists at a variety of work settings. Some students elect to continue their studies at the graduate level in Social Work, Deaf Education, Business Administration, Sociology, or Anthropology. Others enter academic programs that prepare sign language interpreters.
Students who enroll as double majors, in Deaf Studies and Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology major continue their studies at the graduate level to become certified as Audiologists or Speech-Language Pathologists. This double major combination prepares students to provide services to individuals who use American Sign Language (ASL).
The Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID) is the national certifying body for sign language interpreters. As of 2012, the RID requires completion of a Bachelor's degree to apply for certification. Currently the Deaf Studies major does not provide an interpreter preparation program. However, students who complete the Deaf Studies degree and develop proficiency in American Sign Language are fully prepared to enter programs that prepare graduates to earn RID certification. Some students elect to begin interpreting courses at the nearby Community College of Baltimore County- Catonsville while simultaneously completing the Deaf Studies major at Towson University. Advisors in the Deaf Studies program can provide more information on these options.
The following web sites provide more information on deaf culture and careers for Deaf Studies graduates.
Department of Audiology, Speech-Language Pathology and Deaf Studies