In 2019, Janet Levit, the then-provost of the University of Tulsa, arranged for the elimination of the school’s philosophy major. Now, new leadership at the university has committed to rebuilding its philosophy program.
The University of Tulsa announced today that it is reinstating its BA program in philosophy, and that students can enter the program beginning in Fall of 2023. In a press release, Tulsa president Brad Carson makes some heartening remarks:
Philosophy is the foundational program of any university. I am proud to reinstate the program at TU, where we will rebuild philosophy into a distinctive area of excellence. I have heard people say that philosophical training is needed now more than ever. Perhaps, but I think that philosophical training is needed at all times and in every place. I’m eager to see it thrive at TU, and I’m eager for TU to be the kind of university where the eternal values of intellectual life are nourished.
In recent years there have been many posts here about the shuttering of philosophy programs. It would be nice if this were the beginning of the end of that trend, and nicer still if it were the start of a new one. Perhaps spreading this news could help.