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Curriculum Action Notice


Academic Affairs Committee


Nov. 19th, 2009

This is a bulletin from the Academic Affairs Committee concerning proposed curricular actions. Please forward any comments or concerns in the next 10 days to the AAC chair, Jeffrey Bossworth , 206 Pinecrest Manor, ext. 4762.



Rationale for program:  Provide students across the university an opportunity to integrate knowledge of language and how language informs all areas of study and life into their field of study.  For example: 1) English majors concentrate on literature; a minor in linguistics will give them the linguistic underpinnings of written English.  2)  Sociology/anthropology majors would have the opportunity to study more extensively than their major allows the subfield of language.  3)  A linguistics minor would allow Communications majors to explore in depth the technical and theoretical aspects of language.

Degree and Program Title (attach an ER, course titles, and rationale):  SEE BELOW

Program Description for Catalog:  The minor in linguistics is designed for students interested in the technical, social, and/or psychological influence of language on their daily lives, and on how language both determines and is determined by the cultures in which it exists.  The minor is structured as an interdisciplinary course of study.

Program Objectives:  To provide students across disciplines with a structured examination of language and its interface with all areas of study, both theoretical and vocational.

Impact on other programs:  The Minor in Linguistics can be applied to any program as an additional area of study, increasing studentsí knowledge in their major field through a different lens.

Demand for Program (attach a market analysis):  This minor involves no new courses; instead it integrates courses already in the curriculum. 

Faculty qualifications:  present faculty already possess linguistic knowledge particular to their major field of expertise.  In addition, Dr. Linda Rashidi has a PhD in theoretical linguistics and has been teaching and conducting research in the field for over 30 years.

CORE:  (3-9 CR)

         Introduction to Linguistics  ENG 3281/ANH 3280

         at least 1102 proficiency in a language other than English: may count 6 CR of 1101/1102/2201/2202 toward the minor

Students select courses from at least two of the Elective Groups.  At least two electives need to be upper division courses.


         ENG 2224: History of the English Language

         ENG 2225: English Grammar

         ENG 1175/ANH 1104: Nature of Language


2202 proficiency required for all the specific language courses (GER, FR, SPA)

         FR 2205: Phonetics and Pronunciation

         FR 3320: French Structure

         FR 3370-3380: Foreign Study

         GER 2205: Phonetics

         GER 3320: German Structure

         GER 3321: Composition and Stylistics

         GER 3370-3380: Foreign Study

         SPA 2205: Phonology

         SPA 2225: Grammar Review

         SPA 3320: Advanced Structure

         SPA 3370-3380: Foreign Study

         MUS 3352: Diction I for Singers (restricted to Music majors)

         MUS 3353: Diction II for Singers (restricted to Music majors)

ELECTIVE GROUP 3: * has prerequisites  

         ANH  4490: Field Study (when lx)

         ANH 4497: Independent Study (when lx)

         ANH 4499: Applied Anthropology (when lx)

         *COM 3306: Nonverbal Communication  [note: seldom taught; prereq COM1101]

         COM 3325: Interpersonal Communication

         *COM 3332/ANH 3332: Crosscultural Communication [note: seldom taught; prereq COM 1101]

         COM 3334: Gender and Communication

         COM 4400: Communication Theory

         *PHL 4422: Topics in Modern Philosophy (when language-oriented)

         *PHL 4423: Twentieth Century Philosophy (when language-oriented)

Study Abroad in a non-English-speaking country encouraged.


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