The Deaf Studies major provides students with a solid proficiency in American Sign Language and a deep understanding of the culture and community of people who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing. This immersion into Deaf culture begins with the very first courses in American Sign Language (ASL) which are taught by instructors who are Deaf. Students are expected to continue their immersion through required attendance at Deaf community events, held on and off campus, silent lunches and dinners, and guest speaker events. During the Senior year, all students complete a 3-unit internship at an agency, organization or school that serves the Deaf community.
The Deaf Studies faculty suggests additional ways to improve and maintain ASLD skills, including involvement with the ASL Club on campus and the option of completing a semester as a "visiting student" at Gallaudet University. A semester at Gallaudet is typically completed during the Junior year, after ASL 4 and before taking the final 30 credits at Towson. For more information please contact the Deaf Studies Program Coordinator.
All DFST majors take 35 to 37 units of core courses designed to introduce students to Deaf culture, and provide an intensive push towards fluency in American Sign Language (ASL). Each ASL class must be passed with a grade of B- or better in order to progress to the next level. All students complete an internship experience before graduation. Students must take the American Sign Language Proficiency Interview (ASLPI), a standardized screening of ASL skills, as part of the internship course.
For more information about the course requirements, please review the program of study.
Students from the ASL Club worked with the Curtis National Hand Center at Union Memorial Hospital to celebrate the amazing things our hands can do.
Department of Audiology, Speech-Language Pathology and Deaf Studies