KU ending Humanities, Visual Art Education programs, changing 7 others

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The University of Kansas campus is pictured Friday, Feb. 6, 2015.

Fifteen undergraduate programs at the University of Kansas have been identified as low-enrollment programs, and two of them — as well as an entire department — will be discontinued.

KU will discontinue the Humanities and Visual Art Education degrees. Discontinuing the Visual Art Education degree would save about $100,000, and discontinuing the Humanities degree would save about $400,000, Bichelmeyer said. In addition to the Humanities degree, KU is discontinuing the Humanities department.

Of the remaining 13 undergraduate programs KU identified, seven were recommended to merge with other programs, six were recommended to continue. After hearing a presentation by KU Provost Barbara Bichelmeyer on Wednesday, the Board of Regents voted unanimously to approve the recommendations.

KU will continue the Dance, American Studies, Slavic and Eurasian Languages & Literatures, Religious Studies, African & African American Studies, Astronomy and Physical Education Plus degrees.

The Latin American & Caribbean Studies and European Studies degrees will merge with the Global and International Studies program as concentrations. The Classical Languages and Classical Antiquity degrees will merge together to form one Classics Major. The German Studies and Russian, East European, & Eurasian Studies degrees will merge with the Slavic and Eurasian Languages & Literatures program as concentrations. In addition to merging the German Studies degree, the German Studies department will also merge with the Slavic and Eurasian Languages & Literatures Department.

None of the 15 programs met the board’s requirements of having a five-year average of 10 graduates or having a five-year average of at least 25 juniors and seniors in the program. Bichelmeyer said KU is actively looking at other academic programs in addition to the 15 above.