History Majors at Universities may soon go the way of the Dinosaur

Apparently the need not to have anyone around that has knowledge of the past is coming to fruition. No need of history majors, no need to teach history, one is doomed to repeat it apparently.How many colleges even require a history course as party of the curriculum? I for one always found history fascinating. I guess my age is showing.

The University of Wisconsin — Stevens Point could soon drop several majors, including history, because of students’ lack of interest, according to a cost-benefit analysis recently proposed by UW-SP Chancellor Bernie Patterson.

The chancellor proposed that the university “must become a new kind of regional university” by adapting its current programming to better suit the surrounding community and the educational demand of incoming students.

“The overall cost to educate for the History major is not high compared to other professional majors. However the small enrollments in upper-level courses make the program unsustainable.”

 

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The proposal includes “realigning” and merging several current degree programs and departments to save costs, which include eliminating six majors: history, German, French, geoscience, geography, as well as portions of the current art program.

Enrollment in the history major at UW-SP has dropped by 48 percent over the past five years, leaving class enrollment at an average of 13-19 students per course.

“The overall cost to educate for the History major is not high compared to other professional majors,” the proposal adds. “However the small enrollments in upper-level courses make the program unsustainable.”

“In an era of fiscal constraints, UW-Stevens Point can no longer be all things to all people,” the chancellor wrote. “Instead, we must focus on our strengths, prioritizing those programs that best help the communities of central and northern Wisconsin become more vibrant, healthy, prosperous, and sustainable.

[RELATED: Study: top colleges don’t require US history courses for history majors]

 

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