The RIT Deaf Cultural Studies program employs a cultural studies framework in which to examine the Deaf experience and social/cultural constructs. As such, the program does not view deafness as a pathology or disability. In addition to studying Deaf culture, students develop critical consciousness of power-relationships and social justice, as well as an understanding of individual and social identity with specific reference to the Deaf experience. Focusing on the Deaf experience, students study how meaning is created and shared via the power of cultural institutions and values and how institutions and values impact the formation of identities, social roles, and expectations. For more information concerning courses and other related resources, visit the Deaf Studies website.