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 stated prerequisites to enroll in that course.

ASL Courses / Badge | SEE CoursesForeign Language Requirement |
Sign Language Interpreter Certification | WSU ASL Club | FAQs

View WSU Catalogs for course descriptions.
ASL and SEE courses are listed under the College of Health Professions, then
Communication Sciences and Disorders (starting on page 143 of the Undergraduate Catalog).

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
  • CSD 518 Deaf Culture
  • CSD 520 ASL: Nonverbal Communication
  • CSD 740C Selected Topics in American Sign Language

ASL Badge

WSU offers a specialized badge in Healthcare Interpreting. This is the only ASL badge offered at this time. Visit the WSU Workforce Education Badge Program webpage for further details and application instructions.

Signing Exact English (SEE) Courses

WSU offers the following courses in SEE:

  • CSD 260 Signing Exact English I
    **Students with previous SEE experience may request to take CSD 260 by examination. Review the PNG Image CSD 260 Credit by Examination Procedure prior to scheduling an appointment with the examiner. Cost: $45.
  • CSD 360 Signing Exact English II

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 request process. We recommend getting this exception approved prior to enrolling.

The 15-credit hour ASL course sequence for fulfilling the foreign language requirement is:
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.
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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.


The Wichita State University American Sign Language (ASL) Club is a student organization open to all WSU students - others are welcome to attend as well. They encourage professional interest among all students in the study and practice of American Sign Language.

Meeting times
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
Email: kathy.stewart@wichita.edu
Telephone: 316-978-6972

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the differences between ASL and SEE?

Signing Exact English (SEE) is a sign language system that is based on signs drawn from American Sign Language (ASL) and is expanded with articles, prepositions, pronouns, affixes, tenses, and finger-spelled words to visually represent the English language. SEE is most often used with deaf children in educational settings.

Linguistically complete, ASL has its own structure, idioms, topic-comment syntax, and grammar. Facial features, such as eyebrow motion and lip-mouth movements, are also significant in ASL as they form a crucial part of the grammatical system. ASL incorporates hand shape, position, and movement; body posture and movements; gestures; facial expressions; other visual cues; and makes use of space surrounding the signer to describe places and persons that are not present. Ethnicity, age, and gender affect ASL and regional usage and jargon contribute to its variations.

Why do some parents and educators think SEE should be used to teach English to kids?

Putting a sign to the language that a hearing parent already uses is much faster than learning a whole new language. Parents are primary educators of young children, so the sooner parents learn to sign, the sooner their children can be exposed to language, and less time is lost in those formative years of cognitive development.

With the child who has some useable hearing, sometimes supported with hearing aids, FM systems, cochlear implants, or just someone who has lip reading skills, the use of SEE supports the vocal input and can provide a more complete message.

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