Philosophy Targeted at Hiram College

The philosophy major at Hiram College in Ohio will be eliminated if a new “academic redesign” recommended by the interim dean of the college goes forward.

The announced restructuring would, among other things:

  • Eliminate undergraduate major programs in economics, philosophy, mathematics, Spanish, and French (but keep minors in each area)
  • Incorporate philosophy and other disciplines into a “Crime and Justice” program
  • Eliminate a tenure-track line in philosophy.

According to the administration, they had input from faculty, staff, students, alumni, and trustees in developing these recommendations.

Hiram College is a 168-year-old small liberal arts school with roughly 80 faculty. The restructuring is in part prompted by the goal of making up for a $1.2 million budget shortfall, according to Inside Higher Ed.


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