Plan ahead and be flexible! While we attempt to offer these popular courses at regular intervals we cannot guarantee that a specific course will be offered. Seating is also limited to 25 students for most courses listed below. A grade of C (2.000 points/credit hour) or better is required in all stated prerequisites to enroll in that course. Contact the department at 316-978-3240 for further inquiries.
(If you are simply needing to request an ASL interpreter, please contact Kathy Stewart,
Assistant Director, Office of Disability Services via email at Kathy.Stewart@wichita.edu )
WSU offers the following courses in ASL:
- CSD 270 American Sign Language I
**Students with previous ASL experience may request to take CSD 270 by examination. Contact the department to review the CSD 270 Credit by Examination Procedure prior to scheduling an appointment with the examiner. Cost (subject to change): $20 per credit hour (e.g., $60 for 3 credit hours).
- CSD 370 American Sign Language II
**Students with previous ASL experience may request to take CSD 370 by examination. Contact the department to review the CSD 370 Credit by Examination Procedure prior to scheduling an appointment with the examiner. Cost (subject to change): $20 per credit hour (e.g., $60 for 3 credit hours).
- CSD 470 American Sign Language III
- CSD 480 American Sign Language IV
- CSD 518 Deaf Culture
- CSD 520 ASL: Nonverbal Communication
- CSD 740C Selected Topics in American Sign Language
- and a few others as needed and when instructors are available.
Wichita State offers several specialized badges. Visit the WSU Workforce Education Badge Program webpage for further details and application instructions.
All students who are working towards a degree outside of the College of Health Professions must ask their college for permission if they wish to use American Sign Language courses to fulfill the foreign language requirement. Contact your college's advising office for instructions on the exceptions request process. We recommend getting this exception approved prior to enrolling.
The 15-credit hour ASL course sequence for fulfilling the foreign language requirement
CSD 270, CSD 370, CSD 470, plus two additional ASL courses from the list above.
Consult with your advisor when other foreign language coursework is being used for your degree. LAS students call 316-978-3700 or email LAS.Advisor@wichita.edu for questions and next steps.
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The Kansas Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (KCDHH) is the agency responsible for the registration of sign language interpreters in the state of Kansas. All working interpreters, regardless of experience, must be registered with KCDHH and hold one (or more) of the following certifications:
- Kansas Quality Assurance Screening (KQAS), levels -- 4/4 or 5/5;
- Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID), national certification; or
- Board for Evaluation of Interpreters (BEI), levels – Advanced or Master.
(KCDHH will recognize BEI certification that has been earned since January 1, 2015,
and is at the Advanced or Master level.)
If you have any questions about gaining sign language interpreter certification, please contact KCDHH directly at 1-800-432-0698.
The Wichita State University American Sign Language (ASL) Club is a student organization open to all WSU students - others are welcome to attend, as long as they pay dues. The club encourages professional interest among all students in the study and practice of American Sign Language.
Mondays and Fridays at 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Fast Break lounge in Rhatigan Student Center (RSC), area just north of RSC Bookstore
All are welcome (even non-students)!
We meet during the regular semester schedule times.
Membership dues: $5 per academic year
Contact: Kathy Stewart, faculty advisor