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CHANGES IN THE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE
BACHELOR OF ARTS DEGREE WITH A MAJOR IN SPANISH AND THE BACHELOR OF ARTS DEGREE WITH A
MAJOR IN PORTUGUESE
IN THE COLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTS CHAPTER OF THE UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG, 2010-2012


Dean Randy Diehl of the College of Liberal Arts has filed with the secretary of the Faculty Council the proposed changes to the Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Spanish and the Bachelor of Arts Degree with a major in Portuguese in the College of Liberal Arts chapter of the Undergraduate Catalog, 2010-2012. The faculty of the college and the dean approved the changes on September 26, 2009. The secretary has classified this proposal as legislation of exclusive interest to one college or school.

The Committee on Undergraduate Degree Program Review recommended approval of the change on January 11, 2010, and forwarded the proposed changes to the Office of the General Faculty. The Faculty Council has the authority to approve this legislation on behalf of the General Faculty. The authority to grant final approval on this legislation resides with the executive vice chancellor for academic affairs.

If no objection is filed with the Office of the General Faculty by the date specified below, the legislation will be held to have been approved by the Faculty Council. If an objection is filed within the prescribed period, the legislation will be presented to the Faculty Council at its next meeting. The objection, with reasons, must be signed by a member of the Faculty Council.

To be counted, a protest must be received in the Office of the General Faculty by January 20, 2010.



Greninger Signature

Sue Alexander Greninger, Secretary
The General Faculty and the Faculty Council


Distributed through the Faculty Council web site on January 14, 2010.


CHANGES IN THE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE
BACHELOR OF ARTS DEGREE WITH A MAJOR IN SPANISH AND THE BACHELOR OF ARTS DEGREE WITH A
MAJOR IN PORTUGUESE
IN THE COLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTS CHAPTER OF THE UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG, 2010-2012


NAME OF DEGREE PROGRAM(S):Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Spanish and the Bachelor of Arts Degree with a major in Portuguese

EXPLAIN CHANGE(S) TO DEGREE PROGRAM:
Changes to the Spanish major:
1. The concentration “Spanish and Portuguese” is moved from the Spanish major to the Portuguese Major.
2. The “Hispanic Linguistics” concentration is significantly modified.
3. Minor changes are made in the concentrations “Hispanic Studies,” and “Language Teaching.”
4. Two new courses are being added to the “Hispanic Linguistics” concentration:
SPN 353: Introduction to Hispanic Sociolinguistics
SPN 361: Experimental Design in Phonetics
5. One new course is added to the Hispanic Studies concentration:
SPN 350K: Topics in Hispanic Film

Changes to the Portuguese major:
1. There are now two concentrations instead of a single Portuguese major.
2. In the concentration “Portuguese,” the upper-division course-work is changed from twenty-four to twenty-seven hours. Required courses are now specified instead of being left unspecified.
3. The concentration “Spanish and Portuguese” has moved to the Portuguese major from the Spanish major.
4. Minor changes are made to this concentration to indicate specific course-work required.
5. Five new courses are being added to the Portuguese major:
PRC 325E: Brazilian Studies
POR 327M: Brazilian Culture and Literature of the Twentieth Century and After
POR 330: Lusophone African Literatures and Cultures
POR 350K: Luso-Brazilian Film
POR 352: Brazilian and Spanish American Literature


Indicate pages in the undergraduate catalog where changes will be made. pages 327 and 329

GIVE A DETAILED RATIONALE FOR CHANGE(S):
1. The “Spanish and Portuguese” concentration combines equal hours of preparation in language, culture and linguistics in Hispanic and Lusophone studies (fifteen hours in each). It could be equally housed under either the Spanish or Portuguese major, since it is a joint program. We are transferring it from the Spanish major to the Portuguese one in order to emphasize the importance of Portuguese (Lusophone) studies, because, as the smaller of the two programs, it deserves first billing in a joint venture. Moreover, recent additions to our faculty, the addition as well of new Portuguese courses in our inventory, and the restructuring of the Portuguese concentration of the Portuguese major all confirm that this is an area of growing interest and importance in our discipline and in our department.
2. We are changing the Hispanic Linguistics concentration to incorporate two new courses, one in sociolinguistics and the other in experimental design in phonetics, and to improve this concentration after evaluating the results of having required a minor in Linguistics for approximately the last ten years. This requirement has not panned out and we are eliminating it, while requiring 24 hours of language and linguistics studies in our department instead of 21 (both out of a total of 27).
3. The minor changes in the concentrations of “Hispanic Linguistics” and “Language Teaching” are fine-tuning efforts that reflect changed prerequisites in the sequence of linguistics courses and additions to the linguistics course inventory.
4. The minor changes to the “Hispanic Studies” concentration consist of clarification that SPN 367K may be used only once to fulfill degree requirements, and the addition of a new course, SPN 350K, as a degree fulfillment option. This latter addition reflects evolving areas of study in our field and amongst our faculty.
5. We are changing the “Portuguese” concentration of the Portuguese major from 24 hours to 27 hours to be consistent with what we require in four Spanish concentrations. We are specifying courses and ranges of courses to make a more structured concentration for three reasons: to give students a more precise framework of expectations for the major; to facilitate more coordination between our faculty members in which courses they teach and in what sequence; and to reflect substantial changes in the Portuguese and Portuguese Civilization course inventories (we propose adding five new courses, in response to the increased number of faculty engaged in this discipline).
6. We are also fine-tuning the second Portuguese concentration, “Spanish and Portuguese” by listing explicitly which Portuguese and Portuguese Civilization courses are required, for the same reasons described above. The change to the “Portuguese” concentration, which includes requiring twenty-seven hours instead of twenty-four constitutes an increase that is consistent with the requirements of four other departmental major concentrations: Hispanic Studies; Literature; Hispanic Linguistics; and Language Teaching. We see this addition as a means of strengthening the “Portuguese” concentration. It is appropriate in the context of our other concentrations.
The addition of new courses to the majors will not require additional resources. We plan to staff these courses with current faculty and the new faculty who will be joining us in the fall of 2009.


SCOPE OF THE PROPOSED CHANGE(S):
Does this proposal impact other colleges/schools? If yes, then how? No.

Has the other college(s)/school(s) been informed of the proposed change? If so, please indicate their response. N/A.

Will this proposal change the number of required hours for degree completion? If yes, please explain. No.

Does this proposal involve changes to the core curriculum (42-hour core, signature courses, flags)? If yes, please explain. No.

COLLEGE/SCHOOL APPROVAL PROCESS:
Departmental Approval Date: May 12, 2009
College Approval Date: September 26, 2009
Dean Approval Date: September 26, 2009

To view the edited version of the catalog changes click the PDF link at the beginning of this document.