English, History or Philosophy aren't a career subject?


Art subjects are not in a fashion at all these days. Now, Its all about the money generating courses which will take the seat. One university doesn’t think its students need to pursue English as a major anymore. Or philosophy, history, or Spanish.

The University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point has proposed dropping more than a dozen majors currently offered through its humanities and social sciences departments. The university would instead offer programs with “clear career pathways,” according to The Washington Post.

Push away from Liberal Arts

Facing a growing multi-million dollar deficit due to declining enrollment and lower tuition, the school’s administration hopes the changes will renew interest in the university. The Post suggests that the plan also aligns with the objectives of the Wisconsin state government, led by Republican Governor Scott Walker, which has sought to pivot the public university’s focus to acquiring job skills rather than studying liberal arts. The move comes amid an on-going, nationwide conversation about whether colleges and universities are adequately arming graduates with the kind of talent needed by employers who are increasingly focused on technology.

The 13 majors that the university has proposed eliminating:

  • American studies
  • Art (but not graphic design)
  • English (other than English for teacher certification)
  • French
  • Geography
  • Geoscience
  • German
  • History (social science for teacher certification would continue)
  • Music literature
  • Philosophy
  • Political science
  • Sociology (social work major would continue)
  • Spanish

Proposed expansions:

  • Chemical engineering
  • Computer information systems
  • Conservation law enforcement
  • Finance
  • Fire science
  • Graphic design
  • Management
  • Marketing

New programs:

  • Aquaculture/aquaponics
  • Captive wildlife
  • Ecosystem design and remediation
  • Environmental engineering
  • Geographic information science
  • Master of business administration
  • Master of natural resources
  • Doctor of physical therapy

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