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New ASL minor, events expand opportunities

Students who are interested in learning American Sign Language (ASL) have a number of new opportunities at Cornell this year.

They can now minor in ASL, take advantage of an expanded set of upper-level classes, participate in a number of ASL events on campus and be part of an active student club.

“I’ve taken an ASL class every semester and can’t imagine my college career without this experience,” said Halle Swasing ’24, a government major in the College of Arts & Sciences and co-president of the Cornell ASL Club. “I started this just as a way to fulfill the language requirement, and then I realized how awesome the classes are.”

Brenda Schertz, senior lecturer and coordinator of the ASL/Deaf Studies Program at Cornell, and one of three faculty members who teach classes, said ASL classes are immensely popular with students — the introductory classes often have a long waiting list. Along with language classes, students can take  classes in ASL Linguistics; ASL Literature; Deaf Art, Film and Theatre; and Modern Deaf Culture.

Read the full story on The College of Arts & Sciences website.

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