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Joint major in linguistics/psychology approved by Board of Trustees (Released: 2/14/97)

by Sherry Fisher, Office of University Communications.

STAMFORD, Conn. -- The University of Connecticut Board of Trustees today (Feb 14) approved a new joint major in linguistics/psychology in the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

"Such a joint major would enable undergraduates to have greater accessibility to excellent faculty in linguistics and in psychology," said Mark Emmert, chancellor and provost for University affairs.

"It would allow both departments to better serve undergraduates while relying on existing strengths and courses, and it may spur development of new courses in either field," Emmert said in his recommendation to the board. He noted that the new joint major would use existing resources and current faculty.

"We want to offer more of our expertise to a wider variety of students," said Diane Lillo-Martin, who chairs the linguistics department. The new major would strengthen existing ties between the linguistics department and the psychology department, she said.

Until now, students who were interested in studying both linguistics and psychology could create an individualized major. Making the two a formal major, approved by the University, will attract more students and help them direct their interests in a more coherent program, Lillo-Martin said.