Admission Requirements

Students considering the Deaf Studies (DFST) major are encouraged to enroll in DFST 101 Intro to Deaf Studies and DFST 104 American Sign Language I. These two courses provide an introductory glimpse into the major and are available to all students on campus.

Students who select the DFST major or minor should contact the department's main office to schedule an appointment with an advisor or use the "Contact Us" link on this website. DFST majors and minors are given first priority in scheduling advanced courses in American Sign Language and other Deaf Studies courses.

Once students select the DFST major or minor, they must complete all American Sign Language (ASL) courses with a grade of B- (2.67) or higher to proceed to the next ASL course. All other DFST courses must be completed with a grade of C (2.0) or higher. The Pass grading option cannot be used for any DFST required major courses.

ASL Screening and CPL Test 

Students can test out of lower-level ASL courses by taking the Credit for Prior Learning Exam. Prospective DFST students who have taken the American Sign Language Proficiency Interview (ASLPI) exam and earn a score of 2+ or higher will be placed into DFST 304 (ASL V). Students are permitted a maximum of 15 credits of Credit for Prior Learning (CLEP) in the major. 

Academic Resources for Student Success

Towson University provides many resources for student success. Students who would like help with writing may contact The Writing Center.  Additional resources for practicing ASL are available in the ASL lab.