American Sign Language Fastest Growing "Foreign
February 13, 2004
CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA--According to a brief article in Friday's NinerOnline.com, American Sign Language is the fastest growing "foreign language" taught in U.S. colleges and universities.
A 2002 survey revealed that ASL classes have been introduced to 168 colleges and universities since 1998. Currently, there are 234 higher-education institutions offering ASL courses to more than 60,000 students across the country.
Despite the growing national trend, several universities have decided not to offer such courses.
One of those is the University of North Carolina in Charlotte.
UNC officials cited a dramatic increase in interest in other foreign languages over the past couple of years, along with a lack of demand for ASL courses.
"American Sign Language courses grow in popularity" (NinerOnline.com)