On Friday, Oct.16, President Abernathy sent out a communication to campus regarding the goal to strategically reduce the college’s overall budget. Alma College’s Task Force on Reducing College Costs came to the conclusion to phase out certain academic programs in order to adhere to these budget cuts.
Alma College will be phasing out the French and German majors and minors, but will still offer classes in the languages to cover language requirements.
The Religious Studies major will also be phased out, but the minor and the Pre-Ministry programs will remain intact.
The Bachelor of Music in Music Performance and the Alma Symphony Orchestra will also be phased out. The B.A. in Music and B.M. in Music
Education will be retained, and the college says they will continue to have other support for string instrumentalists.
The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art will be phased out, but the school will retain the B.A. in Art.
The Anthropology program will be phased out completely.
Alma College stresses that anyone who has declared a major in any of the programs impacted by these changes will be contacted by the Registrar in
regard to next steps and degree completion. If anyone was considering one of the programs but has yet to declare, they should consult with the Registrar’s Office and their academic advisor to look at the next steps.
More information regarding this update will be published soon.