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Communicate with the Senate

Resolution relating to the ESTABLISHMENT OF A B.A. IN PHILIPPINE LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE

Whereas the University of Hawai'i's mission supports the languages, literature and cultures of the Pacific, and

Whereas the Philippine population in the U.S. is substantial and growing, and there are longstanding international links between the U.S. and the Philippines, and

Whereas the Philippine community is an integral and growing part of the State of Hawai'i, with speakers of Ilokano and Tagalog being in the majority, and

Whereas there is an important need in the community for professionals trained in Philippine languages, literature and culture, e.g., in education, health and legal services, and commerce, and

Whereas there is no B.A. program in Philippine Language and Literature anywhere in the United States, and

Whereas the University of Hawai'i at Manoa offers the largest number of Philippine literature courses in the United States, and

Whereas the proposed B.A in Philippine Language and Literature has broad support from Hawai'i's Philippine community, the student population of the University of Hawai'i, and related disciplines at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa (e.g., Asian Studies, Philippine Studies, Ethnic Studies, Linguistics), and

Whereas the Colleges of Arts and Sciences, including the College of Languages, Linguistics and Literature, supports this proposal for a B.A. program in Philippine Languages and Literature, and

Whereas there are currently sufficient courses and teaching staff in Filipino (Tagalog) and Ilokano at the University of Hawai'i to support a B.A. degree, and

Whereas there are currently enough students enrolled in Filipino (Tagalog) and Ilokano at the University of Hawai'i to support a B.A. degree, including those completing Certificates in Filipino (Tagalog) and Ilokano, and

Whereas survey information indicates considerable interest among students in such a degree program,

BE IT RESOLVED that the Faculty Senate of the University of Hawai'i at Manoa recommends that the proposed Bachelor of Arts degree in Philippine Language and Literature be approved.


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