With just a few days before the start of the school year, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board has removed from the curriculum a number of courses meant to fulfill the “Language, Philosophy, & Culture” core requirement at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV). Among the struck courses are several in philosophy, including a number of ethics courses, logic, and critical thinking.
Interestingly, the objectives of the “Language, Philosophy, & Culture” requirement include “critical thinking.” Not too critical, perhaps?
UTRGV was created in 2013 as a consolidation of two other University of Texas branch campuses (Brownsville and Pan American). (UPDATE: It opened its doors to students starting this fall). As far as I know, no publicly available explanation has been provided as to why these particular courses were removed from the school’s core curriculum. Students at UTRGV are required to take just one course in “Language, Philosophy, & Culture.” Seven philosophy courses, along with courses in anthropology, English, Mexican-American studies, and music, remain as options. (via John Protevi)