UTA starts offering American Sign Language

A pilot American Sign Language class in Summer 2016 was so successful that the Department of Modern Languages is offering both ASL 1 and ASL 2 in Fall 2016.



UTA is making history by introducing its first ever American Sign Language course. The offering supports the institution’s mission statement of embracing diversity and public service, as well as a longstanding commitment to serving students with disabilities. 

“The Dallas/Fort Worth area is home to a thriving Deaf community that considers itself to be a cultural and linguistic minority,” said UTA professor Laurel Whitsett State Certified Sign Language Interpreter/Transliterator. “This class will introduce students to this community’s rich history and language, adding an important dimension to UTA’s trendsetting Disability Studies Minor.”

Beginning American Sign Language 1 is offered in the Summer II term July 12 through August 15, 2016. This class is open to all UTA students. It fulfills language or culture course requirements for a variety of majors and also counts toward the Disability Studies Minor.

“Studying ASL will offer students crucial opportunities to assist an often underserved community in fields such as…

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