The College of Letters and Science has lost 1.2 million dollars amidst the university’s recent budget cuts.
Dean Chris Cirmo said he has faced difficult decisions. The college consists of 5,000 students, 27 majors and 40 minors. As a result of the cuts, it has lost 12 tenure-line faculty positions, four majors and one graduate program.
“I’m charged with some very difficult decisions, and we have done our best to keep as many people harmless as possible,” Cirmo said.
French, German and Spanish cultural studies and public administration majors were cut.
Cirmo said despite the cuts, the faculty is doing the best that they can to maintain the core of the college.
“It’s been very difficult, but sometimes you cannot continue to offer everything that you have in your curriculum. We are getting a little smaller because of our budget reductions. We don’t have as many opportunities for our students in undergraduate research as we used to,” Cirmo said.
Cirmo did not comment on the cuts to the anthropology courses, which drew much attention from students, faculty and staff last spring.