Concordia in Minnesota Will Cut 9 Majors

February 2, 2016

Concordia College will discontinue nine majors and one concentration, the Moorhead, Minn., college announced Friday. Instructors in those majors could lose their jobs by the end of May, while tenured professors will have one year’s notice, Inforum reported. Faculty members over 55 are being offered an incentive to retire early.

Concordia has been struggling to make up for declining enrollment, and it cut 5 percent of its workforce in April. Now, the college is aiming for $2.7 million in savings and new revenue.

Five of the discontinued majors are foreign languages -- Latin, Latin education, French, French education and German -- along with the classical studies, classics, health, humanities and Scandinavian studies concentration. There are currently 38 students enrolled in the discontinued majors, and 12 of those are scheduled to graduate this year. The rest will be able to complete their majors through special arrangements, independent studies and substitution of requirements.

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