EMORY, Ga. -- Emory University plans to do away with three academic departments along with its journalism program over the next two years.
Students in the Emory College of Arts and Sciences received a letter from Dean Robin Forman on Friday. It detailed the school's plan to close these departments in order to "build new, interdisciplinary areas of instruction and inquiry in those areas that will be of increasing significance in the coming decades."
The programs to be phased out include: The Division of Educational Studies, the Department of Physical Education, the Department of Visual Arts and the Journalism program.
Currently enrolled students will be able to complete their courses of study and tenured faculty will eventually be moved into other departments.
The letter discussed additional cutbacks to be made to the Institute of Liberal Arts, the Spanish and Economics graduate programs and funding reductions to different areas around campus.
Dean Forman closed the letter with reassurance that the new "reallocation of resources" is a step toward building a "community of scholars and students that will stand out at the forefront of liberal arts universities."