Posted by Aleister
Thursday, February 11, 2016 at 5:00pm
The school needed to make some cuts and the students aren’t happy.
Eric Owens reports at the Daily Caller.
HASTA LA VISTA, BABY: Minnesota College Infuriates Students By Cutting Foreign Language Majors
The decision at a small, private liberal arts college in Minnesota to cut costs by eliminating a handful of majors including German, French and Latin has students and alumni in an uproar.
The site of the kerfuffle is Concordia College, a 2,500-student school associated with Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, reports the Star Tribune of Minneapolis.
Officials at the $43,064-per-year school in northwest Minnesota announced plans to abolish nine majors last week. Protests began within a couple days. Students and alumni complained on Twitter, of course. Handbills deriding the budget-balancing major purge popped up on campus.
“Concordia College, Moorhead has decided to get rid of the following majors due to ‘low enrollment,’” the petition says — with the words “low enrollment” in derisive quotes.
The majors to be eliminated are: classical studies, classics, Latin, Latin education, French, French education, German, health (but not physical education or exercise science) and a standalone humanities major.
Also, Concordia’s Scandinavian studies concentration will be closed to any new students.
“Concordia is known for it’s [sic] language programs,” the petition swears. “Please, sign this petition to show that these departments matter and lets [sic] see if we can get the administration to realize their mistake.