Meeting the Foreign Language Requirement
Dickinson College does not waive
the language requirement for students with disabilities. All students must
demonstrate proficiency through the intermediate level in a language that is
Two alternatives to spoken languages have been approved by
the faculty: Latin and American Sign Language. Students may meet the language
requirement for a Dickinson degree by successfully completing four semesters
of Latin (or demonstration of proficiency at the intermediate level), or by
obtaining proficiency in American Sign Language (ASL) at the intermediate
level (Level 4 of the ASLPI). Students wishing to pursue coursework in ASL
can find more information below.
options for students who wish to fulfill the language requirement using
- A) Take pre-approved ASL courses through
the intermediate level and have those courses transferred in to
- B) Take ASL courses that cannot be transferred to
Dickinson (online courses, or non-credit courses), and reach an intermediate
proficiency level as judged by taking the ASLPI (American Sign Language
Proficiency Interview) with a certified ASL instructor (more details
(Note that ASL cannot be used to substitute
for language requirements in the INBM and INST majors.)
the steps Disability Services would recommend taking:
1. Go to the websites of nearby colleges and universities and search for
You could start by doing a Google Search, but,
but ultimately, it's probably worth just contacting potential schools directly
and looking to see if they offer ASL, as this may change from year to year.
Another possible resource for finding schools that teach ASL is this: http://education-portal.com/american_sign_language_schools.html.
Just know that what they list is not comprehensive. After the list of schools,
to the right of the video, there's also a link to a "List of Free Online
American Sign Language Programs" that looks very helpful. Online course cannot
be transferred in to Dickinson for credit, but they can still serve as a
prerequisite to getting to the next level. Online courses can also be used to
prepare yourself for testing, if you choose to go that route (see "Option B"
To assist you in your search, here is a list of colleges
offering approved ASL courses that Dickinson students have already taken,
some helpful links, and a list of schools that may offer ASL. If you learn
of others, please email what you've found to Marni Jones at email@example.com
so they can be added to the list!
2. Call the ASL
Program Coordinator of any nearby schools that offer ASL and determine which
classes would be necessary to take to attain the "Intermediate Level."
The number of ASL courses required to take to reach the
intermediate level may vary from school to school, so this inquiry is very
important. How Dickinson determines which courses meet the standard of
"intermediate level" is by evaluating whether the course meets the standard for
Level 4 of the American Sign Language Proficiency Interview
Students should determine if they would rather pursue
Option A: taking pre-approved ASL coursework and transferring in
credits for those courses, or Option B: taking ASL coursework that
cannot be transferred in, but which would prepare students for meeting the
language requirement through testing. Both options are explained below.
Note that Dickinson does not require students to take an ASL proficiency
tests to prove their achievement level to Dickinson unless they are
demonstrating proficiency through testing, rather than through transferring in
coursework (see "Option B").
Note that Dickinson does not require
students to take an ASL proficiency tests to prove their achievement level to
Dickinson unless they are demonstrating proficiency through testing, rather than
through transferring in coursework (see "Option B").
OPTION A: TAKE
ASL COURSEWORK THAT YOU WILL TRANSFER TO DICKINSON
identified an ASL program that you'd like to enroll in,
you will need to complete the "Enrollment
in Another Institution Form" and submit it to the
Registrar's Office for approval. (Additional instructions are found on
page 2 of this form.)
Be sure to attach a course syllabus to this form.
Remember that the course must be taught at an accredited institution in the
classroom if you wish to transfer credit for the course. Students must earn a
grade of "C" or better for the coursework to transfer. Course pre-approval is
key to ensuring credit for courses you take will transfer to Dickinson.
If you're emailing this, it should go to Karen Weikel, the Dickinson
Registrar, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Otherwise, you
can bring it to the Registrar in Biddle House. Karen Weikel is also the person
to contact if you have any questions regarding the transfer of coursework. Once
you have completed the course, request that the Registrar of that college send
an official transcript of your coursework to Karen Weikel so that it is
included in your academic record.
OPTION B: STUDY ASL TO REACH THE
INTERMEDIATE LEVEL AND PROVE SO WITH TESTING
If you decide to fulfill
your language requirement via testing, you should contact Associate Provost
Brenda Bretz at email@example.com to obtain information
regarding the procedure to be tested. The student must identify and recommend
a qualified examiner to Associate Provost Bretz who will provide the approved
tester guidance to confirm intermediate level language completion. Any costs
associated with such testing are the responsibility of the student. If you are
unable to identify a qualified ASL examiner, you should inform Associate
Provost Bretz, as she may have a recommendation for you.
If you decide
to fulfill your language requirement via testing, you should contact Associate
Provost Brenda Bretz at to obtain information regarding the procedure to be
tested. The student must identify and recommend a qualified examiner to
Associate Provost Bretz who will provide the approved tester guidance to
confirm intermediate level language completion. Any costs associated with
such testing are the responsibility of the student. If you are unable to
identify a qualified ASL examiner, you should inform Associate Provost Bretz,
as she may have a recommendation for you.
Once the testing is completed,
the tester will inform Associate Provost Bretz of the outcome. If
confirmation of intermediate level is received, she will notify you, your
advisor and the Registrar, who will update your official record. In this case,
though you will have no academic credit posted to your record, your language
requirement will be fulfilled.
We will try to update this website with
additional information about programs offering ASL when we get it. Please
email Marni Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have
identified an ASL program that you'd like to pursue or where you've already
taken coursework and we will add it to our list to help other students who are
looking for ASL course options.
Best of luck!