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 develop a program of study. The advisor will review the transfer credit transcripts
and determine what courses need to be completed to finish the major at Towson University.
Transfer students typically require 2-3 years to complete the DFST degree after the
transfer, depending on the number of transfer credits and proficiency in American
Sign Language (ASL). If a student selects a second major and/or minor, that may extend
the program of study. Individual programs of study will be developed for each student
by the DFST program coordinator.
Because American Sign Language (ASL) courses vary widely across universities, 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 American Sign Language II (DFST 105) or higher without taking an assessment. The exams are given when transfer
students attend January or summer transfer advising. For more information, see the
ASL Proficiency Screening & CPL Test webpage.