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UM says it will retain most programs during $5m budget cut

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MISSOULA - The University of Montana announced Wednesday plans to trim its budget while maintaining most of its current programs.

The changes are less drastic than the complete "retrenchment" that had been feared by many students and faculty.

Provost Jon Harbor laid out several of the basic changes and reductions, saying that the $5 million budget cut will come from staffing attrition as well as cuts to non-tenured faculty positions. Some less-popular programs and majors will also be discontinued.

The provost's office says plans include:

  • Ending majors and minors in Global Humanities and Religions (affecting 13 students)
  • Discontinue the Masters in Musical Theatre
  • Consolidate six language majors into one World Languages and Cultures major
  • End the Film Studies option in the English Department
  • Suspend the Organ Concentration music major for three years
  • End the doctorate program in materials science
  • Hire new tenure-track professors in popular departments of English, Psychology, Media Arts and Counselor Education
  • End the bachelor of arts and masters of arts programs in Geography, but continue offering a bachelor of science and masters of science in Geography

Any student currently enrolled in a cut program will have a "guaranteed path" to complete the degree, UM says.

Read UM's entire press release here. The provost's infographic is below:

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