Signed Language

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 prerequisite courses to enroll in the next level course. Contact the department at 316-978-3240 for further inquiries.

ASL Courses / Badges | Foreign Language Requirement 
Sign Language Interpreter Certification | WSU ASL Club 
Upcoming ASL Events

(If you are simply needing to request an ASL interpreter, please contact Kathy Stewart,
Assistant Director, Office of Disability Services via email at )

View WSU Catalogs for course descriptions.
Signed language courses are listed under the College of Health Professions, then
Communication Sciences and Disorders.

American Sign Language (ASL) Courses

WSU offers the following courses in ASL:

  • CSD 270 American Sign Language I
  • CSD 370 American Sign Language II
  • CSD 470 American Sign Language III
  • CSD 480 American Sign Language IV
    **Students with previous ASL experience may request to take CSD 270, 370, 470, 480 and/or 740C by examination. Contact the department at for Credit by Examination Procedures. Cost is $50 per exam (subject to change).
  • CSD 518 Deaf Culture
  • CSD 520 ASL: Nonverbal Communication
  • CSD 740C Selected Topics in American Sign Language

    (CSD 490D - Signed Language Interpreting may be offered, but only when an instructor is available.) 

  • There is also a Minor in Signed Languages option available for WSU students. Please visit the CSD Bachelor of Arts (BA) page for more information.

    IMPORTANT NOTE for 2020 AY: 
    The 2020 AY year catalog has an elective listed, CSD 260 - Signing Exact English, which is no longer offered. It will be replaced with CSD 740C: Selected Topics in ASL, as another elective option. That change has been submitted for revision in the 2021 AY catalog.
    • Fairmount College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) student notice: 
      Please call 316-978-3700 or email before pursuing the Minor in Signed Languages. LAS students must take one additional course beyond the Foreign Language Requirement sequence (listed below), in order to obtain the minor. 

ASL Badges

Wichita State offers several specialized badges. Visit the WSU Workforce Education Badge Program webpage for further details and application instructions.

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Foreign Language Requirement

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 process. 

  • The LAS exceptions form and course sequence details are available here: Petition to Use ASL to Fulfill Foreign Language Requirement 
  • LAS students seeking this exception should have the form approved prior to enrolling in ASL courses.
  • Consult with your advisor when other foreign language coursework is being used for your degree. LAS students call 316-978-3700 or email for questions and next steps. 

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Sign Language Interpreter Certification

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:

(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.

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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.

Meeting times
Tuesdays from 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. and Fridays from 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
McKinley Hall, Room 207

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
Telephone: 316-978-6972

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