When it comes to picking classes, students at Wichita State University may soon have fewer choices.
The college is looking at cutting a handful of courses, including Ethnic Studies, Women's Studies, Geology and Physics. University officials expect to make a decision within the next few days.
"The number of enrollments in the program and the number of graduates averaged over a five-year period does not equal the Regents minimum," says Liberal Arts Dean Dr. Bill Bischoff.
He says the Board of Regents requires 50 students be enrolled in a program over a five-year-period, with ten of them majoring in it and graduating each year -- otherwise the program may be suspended or discontinued altogether.
"Many of the students who would be taking an Ethnic Studies class are not Ethnic Studies majors. We would continue to offer Ethnic Studies classes if the decision is reached to suspend or discontinue it," Bischoff says.
It doesn't mean students can't learn about Ethnic Studies, but instead of getting a degree in the subject, they'll have to settle for an emphasis.
Dean Bischoff will consult the Vice President of Academic Affairs to decide whether the program should be suspended. Discontinuing a program would require approval by the Board of Regents.
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