Liberty University’s philosophy program collapses
Liberty University, a Christian institution in Virginia, has stopped accepting new philosophy undergraduates after what a university spokesperson described as a decision to cut its philosophy program. University officials pointed to negative enrollment trends for philosophy students seeking a degree across the country to explain the move.
“Due to the lack of interest, for several years, for a bachelor’s degree in philosophy, in the fall of 2019 we started to collapse the program and stop accepting new students because we had less than twenty students enrolled and five professors to serve them, “a Liberty spokesperson said via email.
The university’s master’s degree in philosophy was dissolved in 2015.
Although the university has not confirmed the number of faculty roles affected, the spokesperson said those laid off were offered “generous severance packages” and could be rehired in other areas of the world. university if they were qualified. Apart from the university’s law school, professors at Liberty are not tenured.
The spokesperson said Liberty President Jerry Falwell Jr. had decided to “solidify tenants [sic] of Christian Living ”in the college’s general education curriculum in response to the collapse of the program.
“A team of some of Liberty’s best theologians, apologists and philosophers have come together to ensure Liberty continues to integrate and showcase its agenda with a greater emphasis on theology, apologetics, and philosophy,” said the spokesperson. “It is vitally important that our students clearly understand the divinity of Christ.”