Chinese-language classes dropped at USU
By Aaron Falk
March 10, 2006 | Due to budget cuts, first-year courses
of the most commonly spoken language in the world will
no longer be offered at USU.
Entry-level Chinese will be cut from the USU catalog
beginning next fall, Charlie Huenemann, head of the
languages, philosophy and speech communication department,
Mandarin Chinese is spoken by more than 1 billion
people and Huenemann said cutting the program is even
more difficult as China continues to emerge as the fastest-growing
economy in the world.
"I think it's unfortunate," he said. "But we have
no tenure-track professors in Chinese and programs without
tenure-track professors are very vulnerable." The university
currently employs "the equivalent of two professors"
for its Chinese program, Huenemann said.
USU will still offer a Chinese minor, he said, but
students would have to take the entry-level courses
at another institution or online.
No other language programs have been affected by the
cut backs, Huenemann said. Although, he said, the department
has had to "dip into extra resources" to continue offering
Korean courses. "I'm sure everyone wishes we would have
the resources for a more robust Chinese program," Huenemann