Newman University, a Catholic university in Wichita, Kansas, has announced that it is discontinuing its philosophy major, along with majors in several other disciplines.
The cuts are part of a “strategic effort to realign educational offerings with changing student trends, market forces and emerging industry demands,” the university said, in a candid abdication of its institutional mission.
Besides philosophy, the majors in English, finance, history, marketing, math, social work and theater will also be eliminated. Some courses in each discipline will remain part of the curriculum, and existing majors will be able to complete their requirements and graduate with a degree in their chosen subject. The university will continue to offer a “philosophy of theological studies” degree.
Ten faculty will lose their jobs as a result of the cuts. The Wichita Eagle reports that Director of University Relations Clark Schafer said that “remaining students in the programs will be ‘taught through adjunct faculty and consortium partners.'”
Philosophy at Newman University was covered here previously when it announced, four years ago, that it would “revise its philosophy and theology programs so that they ‘align strategically’ with its new School of Catholic Studies.”