Students will need to take six courses as following:  

A.  ASL courses

  • DFST 201 - Intermediate ASL 1
  • DFST 202 - Intermediate ASL 2
  • DFST 301 - ASL Comp & Con

B.  Deaf Studies - two courses required by Deaf Studies that are regularly offered within the  program:

  • DFST 109 - Intro to Deaf Studies (required)
  • DFST 303 (formerly 203) - Deaf Literature (required)

C.  One additional approved course with a focus on ASL or Deaf Studies taken at Holy Cross or at another institution.  This could be any of the following courses regularly offered at Holy Cross, or an approved course offered at another institution:

  • DFST 300: The Deaf Community, Language, and Culture
  • DFST 350: Experience in the Deaf Community: Internship Seminar 
  • EDUC 167: Educational Psychology
  • EDUC 245: Dis/Ability Theory and Practice 
  • EDUC 340: Multicultural Education
  • PSYC 220: Sensation and Social Neuroscience
  • PSYC 222: Sensation & Perception
  • PSYC 225: Developmental Psychology
  • PSYC 237: Psychology of Language
  • PSYC 353: Language, Thoughts, and Culture 
  • MUSC 145:  Music and Disabilities 


Through the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies, students can develop a multidisciplinary major combining deaf studies with other disciplines within the College. Multidisciplinary majors incorporating ASL and Deaf Studies curriculum have included themes such as Literacy in Deaf Education, Deaf Studies and the Arts, Social Issues in Deaf Education and Language Acquisition and (Deaf) Culture.