Minnesota State Moorhead Plans to Cut Philosophy Major

The administration at Minnesota State University Moorhead announced a plan “designed to close a projected gap of $6 million in fiscal year 2022” that involves the elimination of around 65 positions and 10 major programs, including philosophy.

The plan, announced last week, will get rid of 43 faculty positions, 20.5 staff positions, and 3 administrative positions through a combination of early retirement incentives and layoffs.

The 10 major programs to be eliminated are:

  • Advertising
  • Public Relations (Integrated Advertising & Public Relations still offered)
  • American Multicultural Studies
  • International Studies
  • Paralegal
  • Philosophy BA degree
  • School Psychology
  • Spanish Education
  • Theatre Arts
  • Teaching English as a Second Language (Graduate)

According to the university’s announcement, “students currently enrolled in these programs will be able to complete their degrees.”

The specific program cuts are a way of the school “adapting to meet the changing needs of our students and our community,” said the school’s president, Anne Blackhurst, whose Ph.D. is in college student personnel.

There’s some further information about the cuts in the Post Bulletin.

(via Daniel Brunson)

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