On February 7, Marquette University Student Government Academics Committee proposed Resolution #3: A Recommendation for the Establishment of an Arabic Minor to the Senate. Senator Whelton, author of Resolution #3, explained that there is a growing population of Arabic students at Marquette. Currently, this growing population is circulating a petition amongst the student body requesting the establishment of an Arabic minor. The petition has gained 295 undergraduate signatures. Senator Whelton also shared that the enrollment in Arabic courses at Marquette increased by 29 students (48.3%) from 2011 to 2012.
Eight students attended the Senate meeting tonight in support of the proposed legislation. One of the students, Alexis Sammarco, pointed out that Arabic is a critical language that can increase job opportunities in government affairs and in other fields. Sammarco voiced that both students and professors in the Arabic department work hard and are very passionate about the language. This minor, she said, would allow them to receive credit, via a diploma, for their efforts.
Senator Steiner asked whether the proposed minor would affect tuition. Senator Whelton said that in his conversations with the Chair of the Foreign Language Department, Dr. Pasero, no additional staff would be needed to add a minor to the university. Senator Whelton shared, in response to a question from Senator Pirkl, that additional higher level Arabic courses would need to be added in addition to the four that currenty are offered. The legislation was passed unanimously 23-0-0.
In addition to the passing of Resolution #3, Senate was reminded of the Reverse Career Fair next Tuesday, February 12 at 5 p.m. CVP Lahr reminded the Senate that CVP applications for the 2013-14 school year are due tomorrow at 5 p.m.
Senate adjourned at 8:06 p.m.