The University of Pennsylvania, one of the oldest and most prestigious universities in America, recently signed off on the first American Sign Language / Deaf studies minor in the Ivy League. “We in the department are very happy to have this minor and are proud of that fact that it is the first such minor in the Ivy League, and we’re ready to get started with it,” said Gillian Sankoff, undergraduate chair in the Department of Linguistics, where the minor will be housed. According to Dennis DeTurck, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Penn, an online application for the minor will be available to students soon and upperclassman will be able to minor in ASL / Deaf studies as early as next semester.
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