American Sign Language Thrives on Campus

American Sign Language Thrives on Campus

ASL is now the third most commonly taught language at U.S. colleges.

For the first time, ASL is being offered at Cornell University, meeting its three-semester world language requirement, the Cornell Chronicle reports.

ASL came to Cornell after a lobbying effort by the student-run Cornell University Deaf Awareness Project.

In 2018 the faculty changed its definition of “language” to include signed languages, and that allowed ASL to fulfill the foreign language requirement.

According to the Modern Language Association, ASL is now the third most commonly taught language at colleges and universities (other than English), after Spanish and French.

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