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USM language courses moving to linguistics department

Provost Jeannine Diddle Uzzi

World languages will have a new home at USM.

Part-time faculty teaching courses in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, and Spanish will be joining the Department of Linguistics, effective July 1. The language courses have been administered through the English Department.

"The English Department has done a great service to the university housing languages for the past two years," Provost Jeannine Diddle Uzzi said. "However, as their recent program review indicated, language faculty teach outside the expertise of the faculty in the English department. USM's expertise in language acquisition resides in linguistics. In addition, the linguistics major not only requires the study of language but indeed grants major credit for that study."

Dana McDaniel, chair of the Linguistics Department, and Kelly Fitzgerald, the department's administrative specialist, will be supporting world language programs in addition to linguistics. They will work closely with departments across the university to be sure language courses continue to meet the needs of students whose majors require language study.

And, as resources allow, and in collaboration with other language programs in the UMS, we will do our best to expand language offerings and programs beyond their current levels.

The new departmental home for all world language programs will be on floors three and four of the science building with linguistics.