Major in Deaf Studies

The Deaf Studies major consists of 57 units. Some of the required courses also meet Core Curriculum requirements. The major consists of 45 units of required courses that all students take, 9 units of DFST electives, and 3 units of non-DFST electives.

Students must complete all required program courses with a grade equivalent of 2.00 or higher. The Pass/Fail grading option may not be applied to any DFST course or required major course. All courses in ASL (DFST 104DFST 105DFST 204DFST 205DFST 304) must be passed with a grade of 2.67 (B-) or higher. 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, www.towson.edu/asld. 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.

Core Requirements (45 Units)
DFST 101INTRODUCTION TO DEAF STUDIES3
DFST 104AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE I3
DFST 105AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE II3
DFST 204AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE III3
DFST 205AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE IV3
DFST 304AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE V3
DFST 308FINGERSPELLING AND NUMBER USAGE3
DFST 311FUNDAMENTALS OF HEARING3
DFST 318SOCIAL SERVICES IN THE DEAF COMMUNITY3
DFST 345DEAF CULTURE3
DFST 375DEAF HISTORY3
DFST 410INTERNSHIP IN DEAF STUDIES3
DFST 430LINGUISTICS OF AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE3
PSYC 101INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY3
or PSYC 102 HONORS INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY
SOCI 101INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY3
or SOCI 102 HONORS INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY
Electives (12 Units)
Select 3 DFST courses (9 units) and one non-DFST course (3 units)12
CAREER EXPLORATION IN DEAF STUDIES
INTRODUCTION TO INTERPRETING
CLASSIFIERS IN ASL
INTRODUCTION TO DEAFBLIND CULTURE AND COMMUNICATION
LITERATURE AND FILM IN THE DEAF COMMUNITY
DEVELOPMENT OF SIGNED LANGUAGE AND READING SKILLS FOR DEAF CHILDREN
SERVICE LEARNING IN DEAF STUDIES
Non-DFST Electives
CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY
IDENTITY AND CULTURE
FAMILY RESOURCES
COMMUNITY SERVICES FOR FAMILIES
HUMAN DEVELOPMENT
INTRODUCTION TO THE HELPING RELATIONSHIP
ABNORMAL PSYCHOLOGY
SOCIOLOGY OF RACE AND ETHNICITY
INTRODUCTION TO SPECIAL EDUCATION
Total Units57

Suggested Four-Year Plan

Freshman
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
DFST 1013DFST 1053
DFST 1043TSEM 102 or ENGL 102 (Core 1 or 2)3
SOCI 101 or 102 (Core 6)3PSYC 101 or 1023
Core3Core3
TSEM 102 or ENGL 102 (Core 1 or 2)3Core3
 15 15
Sophomore
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
DFST 2043DFST 2053
DFST Elective 13DFST 3113
Core3Non-DFST Elective3
Core3Core3
Core3Core3
 15 15
Junior
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
DFST 3043DFST 3453
DFST 3083DFST Elective 23
DFST 3183Elective3
Core 93Elective3
Core3Elective3
 15 15
Senior
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
DFST 3753DFST 4103
DFST 4303DFST Elective 33
Elective3Elective3
Elective3Elective3
Elective3Elective3
 15 15
Total Units 120

1. Students will demonstrate development of communication skills using American Sign Language.
2. Students will demonstrate cultural sensitivity.
3. Students will demonstrate appropriate interpersonal and intrapersonal skills.
4. Students will demonstrate competency in essential skills required of a college graduate by using software as appropriate for writing, spreadsheets, statistical analyses, for calculations, or for presentations. (ILTC)