published Thursday, May 16th, 2013

For the love of language: American Sign Language popularity surges at colleges

For the love of language
Illustration by Lin Parker
For the love of language Illustration by Lin Parker

LEARN TO SIGN

Here is a list of local colleges and whether they have regular courses in American Sign Language.

* UTC -- Doesn't offer regular, for-credit courses.

* Chattanooga State Community College -- Offers several levels of sign language courses.

* Tennessee Temple University -- Offers a bachelor of science degree in sign language interpreting and a minor in deaf studies.

* The University of Tennessee -- Offers the Education of the Deaf/Hard of Hearing Teacher Preparation Program for a bachelor's degree; also has the Educational Interpreting Program, which has 36 credits hours of course work.

* Cleveland State Community College -- Doesn't offer regular, for-credit courses.

* Dalton State College -- Doesn't offer regular, for-credit courses.

Source: College officials and websites

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