Marymount University, in Virginia, is planning to cut many of its liberal arts programs, citing low enrollments, ARLnow reported.
“Over the long term, it would be irresponsible to sustain majors [and] programs with consistently low enrollment, low graduation rates, and lack of potential for growth,” President Irma Becerra said in a letter reported by the news website. “Recommendations and decisions on programs marked for elimination are based on clear evidence of student choices and behavior over time.”
The cuts include bachelor’s degrees in theology and religious studies, philosophy, mathematics, art, history, sociology, English, economics, and secondary education, as well as a master’s program in English and the humanities.
Funds saved would be allocated to support more popular majors.
There is strong opposition to the plans. Alumni started a petition against the cuts. “Marymount’s decision not only goes against its very mission but also devalues the impact that these programs have had on shaping and guiding the careers of their alumni,” said the petition. “These majors are a vital part of a well-rounded education, providing students with a deep understanding of culture, history, and the human experience. These disciplines also teach critical thinking, analytical skills, and communication abilities that are essential in almost every career field.”