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RESOLUTION TO APPROVE A BACHELOR OF ARTS DEGREE IN SECOND LANGUAGE STUDIES

Approved by the Mānoa Faculty Senate on December 8, 2010
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Resolution to Approve a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Second Language Studies

WHEREAS the University of Hawaii, Mānoa department of Second Language Studies has a 40-year history of excellence in teaching and research; AND

WHEREAS the department offers MA and Ph.D degrees; AND

WHEREAS in the past, persons with Ph.D degrees in linguistics were working in the applied areas of Second Language Studies also known as “applied linguistics”; AND

WHEREAS an undergraduate major in Second Language Studies is currently offered through Interdisciplinary Studies; AND

WHEREAS the discipline of Second Language Studies has become more established the need for a relevant Bachelors Degree has become imperative; AND

WHEREAS a Bachelors Degree in Second Language Studies will improve the overall quality of training as well as provide a solid foundation for future graduate training; AND

WHEREAS for the last 40 years, the department has also offered a full sequence of undergraduate courses at the 300 and 400 levels; AND

WHEREAS the Department of Second Language Studies is now positioned to develop a comprehensive undergraduate major in Second Language Studies; AND

WHEREAS the well planned and academically strong major in Second Language Studies will enhance the education capital of the State by providing graduates who understand and respond to local, national, and international needs; AND

WHEREAS the Second Language Studies major will not require an increase in the number of Second Language Studies courses offered through the Department nor will it require any additional faculty resources initially;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED The Manoa Faculty Senate approves the Bachelor of Arts Degree in Second Language Studies