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.

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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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