The proposal would eliminate majors including English, art, history, philosophy and foreign languages in an effort to reduce the university's $4.5 million budget deficit. The plan also seeks to emphasize "high-demand career paths" such as engineering, information technology and marketing.
Twenty-five groups — including the American Historical Association, American Political Science Association and National Communication Association — said in a joint statement that the regional university would be doing a disservice to "first-generation college students, students of color, and students from families of limited means" by cutting in-depth education in humanities and social science programs.
In a letter to the Stevens Point Journal, UW-Stevens Point Chancellor Bernie Patterson wrote that less than 10 percent of students currently major in the programs that would be cut under this proposal. He said that number is even smaller when taking out students whose second major would be cut.
Although students could no longer major in those subjects, courses in the humanities would still be offered and some even required in the university's core curriculum, Patterson said.