American Sign Language courses to fulfill World Language requirement | Penn State University |

Students at Penn State will soon be able to take American Sign Language (ASL) to satisfy the bachelor of arts World Language degree requirement.

The Penn State Faculty Senate recently voted to approve CSD 428 (ASL IV) as a permanent course. With ASL IV approved as a permanent course, Penn State will now offer ASL through the 12th credit level of proficiency, making ASL eligible for students to use to fulfill their bachelor of arts World Language requirement, effective spring 2024.

The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders has offered ASL courses for many years, but up until recently only offered two courses. It was not until 2020 that development of ASL III began, and more recently ASL IV in 2022. With the approval of this new course, Penn State’s expanding program will allow students to build confidence in communicating with ASL.

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