SUNY Fredonia Administration Approves Proposal to Cut Philosophy

Last December, Stephen Kolison, president of the State University of New York at Fredonia, proposed cutting 13 programs at the school, including philosophy. Last week, the proposal was approved.

The cuts are intended to save money, though it is unclear how much money will be saved by eliminating the philosophy major program at the school.

According to the Democrat & Chronicle, the degree programs to be terminated are:

  • B.A. Visual Arts and New Media, Art History
  • B.A. French
  • B.A. French: Adolescence Education
  • B.S. Industrial Management
  • B.S. Mathematics: Middle Childhood
  • B.A. Philosophy
  • B.A. Sociology
  • B.A. Spanish
  • B.A. Spanish: Adolescence Education
  • B.F.A. Visual Arts and New Media, Ceramics
  • B.F.A. Visual Arts and New Media, Photography
  • B.F.A. Visual Arts and New Media, Sculpture
  • B.S.Ed. Early Childhood

The program closures will take place in June, though courses in many of the affected areas will continue to be taught.

It is not currently known how many faculty will lose their positions as part of the plan.

Nor is it clear how the elimination of the philosophy major will intersect with the ongoing academic freedom case of Stephen Kershnar, a philosophy professor at Fredonia who had been barred from campus following his appearance on a podcast during which he made controversial remarks about the morality of adult-child sex.

Related: Philosophy Chairs at All SUNY Campuses Come to the Defense of Fredonia Dept.

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