American Sign Language and Deaf Studies



American Sign Language (ASL) is the native language of Deaf people in America. It is the fourth most widely used language in the United States.

Students can elect a minor in Deaf Studies through the Department of Modern Languages, or they can design a major in Deaf Studies through the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies. Multidisciplinary majors incorporating the ASL and Deaf Studies curriculum have included topics such as Literacy in Deaf Education, Deaf Studies and the Arts, Social Issues in Deaf Education and Language Acquisition and (Deaf) Culture.

Students may elect to study away for one or two semesters at Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C, where they can experience full immersion in ASL and Deaf culture. 

ASL/Deaf Studies Minor Requirements:

• DFST 109: Introduction to Deaf Studies

• DFST 201: Intermediate ASL1

• DFST 202: Intermediate ASL2

• DFST 301: ASL Comp & Con

• DFST 300: The Deaf Community, Language and Culture, or DFST 303: Deaf Literature

• One additional approved course with a focus on ASL or Deaf Studies taken at Holy Cross or at another institution