Major in Deaf Studies

Program Director: JB Begue
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The Deaf Studies major consists of 57 units: 45 units of required courses that all students take, 9 units of DFST electives, and 3 units of non-DFST electives. The maximum number of Credit for Prior Learning (CPL) units the department will accept is 15.

In addition, all students must complete an internship (DFST 410). Students must take the American Sign Language Proficiency Interview (ASL PI) as part of DFST 410.  If the internship site requires a criminal background check, students must complete the check and have it on file before beginning the internship.

All incoming freshmen and transfer students with previous knowledge of ASL are encouraged to take a placement test to determine appropriate ASL course placement. Information about placement tests is available on the department’s website, All students must take DFST 304 at Towson University. In addition, students must take a minimum of 20 units of DFST courses at Towson University.

Suggested Four-Year Plan

Based on course availability and student needs and preferences, the selected sequences will probably vary from those presented below. Students should consult with their adviser to make the most appropriate elective choices.

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