CAA approves American Sign Language courses – The Daily Eastern News


The Academic Affairs Council on Thursday approved three new additions to the course offerings at Eastern.

American Sign Language will now be offered as a foreign language course from the spring semester of 2022 under the name ASL I. ASL II will be offered from the fall of 2022.

Marita Gronnvoll, board member and deputy chair of the communications department, said she took ASL classes when she was in college and was curious how similar this class would be to those -this.

“One of the things we needed to do was have a certain number of hours per week built into deaf culture,” Rosenstein said. “I see the deaf culture all over here, you’re going to see that kind of integrated experience.”

Gronvoll said that while Charleston doesn’t have the same kind of “integrated culture,” the ASL club on campus or some online experiences might be another option.

ASL is a compulsory class in the Communication Disorders and Science major and is a popular elective course in majors like special education. Now students will be able to take this course at Eastern, rather than having to transfer credits from another institution.

The council voted unanimously in favor of adding the course.

They also approved the addition of a medical cannabis public health course that will explore the effects of medical cannabis on various conditions and effective ways of administering medical cannabis.

Julie Dietz, the chair of the public health department, spoke about this course to provide context and more explanation on cannabis itself.

“Among the dispensaries there is a vast, you know, a breadth of knowledge that is in some areas very limited and in others very large,” said Dietz.

Dietz said the aim of the course would be to fill knowledge gaps and ensure that healthcare professionals fully understand what they are prescribing for patients.

Much common knowledge about cannabis, including things like strains and their purposes, would need to be developed and scientifically explained to be of benefit in the medical field.

Dietz said terpenes are more important from this standpoint because different compounds can help relieve anxiety, pain, or recovery from narcotic addiction.

The class would also discuss the ethics and legality of medication with cannabis, as only some states in the United States have legalized the drug.

“The goal of this course, at the end, is for each student to create a toolkit that can be used in a dispensary and help educate employees and educate the public about public health literacy.” , said Dietz.

The addition of this course was unanimously approved.

The third course approved by the board is titled “Population Health Disparities of Gender and Sexual Diversity”.

The course aims to educate students pursuing medical careers about the specific health issues faced by members of the LGBTQ + community, as well as the stigma and discrimination they may face while pursuing treatment. .

Dietz also spoke about this course and the specific issues it would address.

“We often encounter forms of discrimination but also lack of access, whether real or perceived, so there are different issues that we need to address and very specific health issues for individuals,” said Dietz.

Dietz listed hormone therapy for transgender patients and domestic violence issues as topics the class would cover.

The addition of this class was also unanimously approved.

Luke Taylor can be reached at 581-2812 or [email protected]


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