Missouri Western to Phase Out Philosophy and Many Other Majors

Missouri Western State University is cutting a quarter of its faculty over the next year and “phasing out” approximately 100 of its degree offerings, including Philosophy.

The cuts to majors and programs run the gamut, from Art to Zoology. You can see the full list of changes here.

The actions are a response to budgetary problems generated over the years through “downward student enrollment trends, strained state funding resources, rising costs, deferred maintenance needs, long-term debt” and of course “now the economic impact of COVID-19,” according to an April statement about the university’s financial health that previewed some of the cuts.

Inside Higher Ed reports:

The institution is laying off 31 nontenured instructors, including some on the tenure track, at the end of this year. Twenty remaining professors will receive terminal, one-year contracts, meaning that about one-quarter of the full-time faculty will be gone by 2021. Others will take early retirement. 

The university declared financial exigency in March.

“We simply cannot be everything to everyone,” said the school’s president, Matt Wilson.

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