College of Health Professions

Department of Audiology, Speech-Language Pathology and Deaf Studies

Deaf Studies

Transfer Student Policy

Practicing ASL in Deaf Studies class
Practicing ASL in Deaf Studies class


The Deaf Studies (DFST) major accepts many transfer students into the program. Students who transfer to Towson University need to meet with an advisor within the department to declare the DFST major and develop a program of study. Appointments can be made by phoning 410-704-4153, or using the "Contact Us" link. The advisor will review the transfer credit transcripts and determine what courses need to be completed to finish the major at Towson University. Students must complete a minimum of 20 units of DFST courses at Towson University, and meet other degree requirements for transfer students.

The DFST major offers two areas of focus and two combined majors. Transfer students selecting the Human Services or Deaf Culture focus areas can typically complete all degree requirements within 2 years, depending on the level of ASL proficiency at the time of admission. The two combined degree options (Deaf Studies - Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology; Deaf Studies - Elementary Education) typically require an additional 3 to 4 years of study to complete. Transfer students should review program of study information for each of the major options to determine how many additional units of study would be required to complete the degree.

Because American Sign Language (ASL) courses vary widely across colleges, students must pass proficiency exams or credit for prior learning (CPL) exams to be placed in the appropriate ASL class level. Students are not allowed to register for DFST 105, American Sign Language II, or higher without these assessments. The exams are given when transfer students attend TU cares, the orientation and scheduling program for new transfer students. For more information please refer to the proficiency exam and CPL exam web page.

Department of Audiology, Speech-Language Pathology and Deaf Studies
Van Bokkelen Hall, Room 105
Hours: Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Phone: 410-704-4153
Fax: 410-704-4131
E-mail: Department of Audiology, Speech-Language Pathology and Deaf Studies -




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