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EKU considering cutting French, journalism, and theater majors

And now, for some troubling news from down the road in Richmond: according to the Herald-Leader, Eastern Kentucky University is considering dropping French, journalism, theater, horticulture, and geography majors and minors from its curriculum. Facing statewide budget cuts, EKU is being forced to evaluate which majors and minors are worth keeping, and based on statistics, a subcommittee recommended those five for suspension. The final recommendations will go to the Faculty Senate next month and be voted on by the Board of Regents in December.

It is worth noting that even if these majors and minors go away, there will still be classes offered in most, if not all, of the subjects. As the Herald-Leader notes, if French gets cut, French 101 and 102 will still be offered, as would a degree in World Languages. What about journalism? EKU faculty member Richard Day, who serves on the subcommittee, says the school is trying to find ways to make the journalism program less of a “traditional print media major” (AKA dying industry) and more of a “a 21st century digital major” (AKA what you’re reading right now).

As a former English major who grew up idolizing newspaper columnists and was able to get her dream job without a journalism degree, I have mixed feelings on the demise of the printing industry. Even as a high school senior fourteen years ago, I was warned not to go into journalism, but felt the pull of it from afar, even applying for a job at The Tennessean, Nashville’s daily newspaper, after college; however, being rejected turned out to be a blessing in disguise. A few years later, I started putting my stuff out in the blogosphere, and now, here I am. Of the four main writers on this site, three of us don’t have journalism degrees, and I’d say our product is better off for it.

All of that being said, it would be sad to see the EKU Journalism program take a hit like this, as I’m sure it’s guided and ushered several great writers into the business. If you missed it, a few weeks back, John Oliver had an excellent take on what’s going on in the industry…which reminds me, I probably need to come up with a catchier title to this post.


Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

No, I will not make you a sandwich, but you can follow me on Twitter @MrsTylerKSR or email me.

6 Comments for EKU considering cutting French, journalism, and theater majors

  1. Angelo
    5:30 pm August 22, 2016 Permalink

    Je ne sais quoi. Maybe it is good to drop majors if there are no jobs.

  2. dizzy14
    5:58 pm August 22, 2016 Permalink

    Luckily, people don’t come here for the writing as much as they do the information.

  3. jonthes
    8:56 pm August 22, 2016 Permalink

    I am a graduate of Washington and Lee U., as is Bevin. Founded by George Washington, and lead by Robert E. Lee after the Civil War (he said that was his greatest achievement). It is a high level college, if there was a Southern Ivy League it would include W&L, Duke, Vandy, Virginia, NC. Bevin is an embarrassment to his alma mater and the state. I hope that it will soon discovered he stole the election, for which there is some broad evidence, and his disastrous policies will be negated.

  4. Wraith
    9:34 pm August 22, 2016 Permalink

    Being a competent writer and a journalist are not really the same thing. I’ve never confused KSR for journalism. Not even a little.

  5. Luether
    1:32 am August 23, 2016 Permalink

    Journalism and ethics are pretty much dead so there should be no problem at EKU…

  6. 3 fan
    5:26 pm August 23, 2016 Permalink

    Good move by EKU. Other schools should look at what majors they offer that will create nothing but graduates with crippling debt and no job prospects