Like the rest of us, higher education has fallen on tough financial times and some schools decided to take drastic measures. This fall, SUNY Albany announced that it plans to phase out five humanities programs over the next two years: French, Italian, Russian, classics and theater.
In the meantime, the University of Minnesota has started turning away Ph.D. applicants who would have received financial assistance through fellowships or teaching positions, most of whom have been in the humanities. And the University of Iowa is evaluating the possibility of reducing or eliminating 14 ‘troubled’ programs, half of which are in the humanities.
The announcements were met with outrage in the education community, but schools insist that it’s a necessary step and their choice to make. It’s a tough time to be in the humanities!
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