Welcome to the Department of Deaf Studies & Deaf Education at Lamar University.

We have a culturally and linguistically accessible department and one that is supportive of your professional career goals. I am sure you would feel inspired, challenged, and encouraged should you decide to study Deaf Studies and Deaf Education at Lamar. The university is situated in Beaumont, Texas, approximately 90 miles from Houston and affords numerous opportunities for a wide range of educational and cultural experiences.

The department also has international connections with programs and universities in Saudi Arabia, China, Taiwan and Africa. The department offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in Deaf Studies and Deaf Education. Full admission to the university is necessary prior to being admitted as a major. Visit our Application Procedures page for more information regarding admission to the university.

To be considered a graduate student in our Masters of Science and Doctor in Education program, one must be formally admitted to the university and come to campus for an interview. If you need help with your application materials, please feel free to contact us at (409) 880-1848 or by videophone at (409) 299-4689. We look forward to meeting you and assisting you in your success at Lamar.

Mission Statement

The Department of Deaf Studies & Deaf Education is dedicated to excellence within the discipline of deaf studies and education by providing quality undergraduate and graduate instruction that is culturally and linguistically accessible that empowers deaf students and the deaf community. The department seeks to develop competencies to the highest level in the areas of interpreting, teaching and doctoral level leadership. To accomplish this mission, the department:

1. Maintains academic integrity, strives for excellence, and ensures outstanding service in deaf studies and deaf education;

2. Provides instruction and a comprehensive curriculum designed to support the educational needs of deaf studies & deaf education majors in the accredited degree programs, non-majors in elective studies, and the general student as part of their understanding of the education of deaf students;

3. Supports faculty and students in research and creative activity that is nationally and internationally competitive; and

4. Enhances a culturally and linguistically affirming environment for students and faculty, and for the university, local community and region.

Lamar University is a member of the Texas State University System, and is nationally recognized as a Carnegie Doctoral Research University. It is rated as one of the best educational values in the state of Texas, and in North America, based on its average cost to students.