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Concordia to cut 9 majors to balance budget; job cuts possible

MOORHEAD – Under financial stress, Concordia College said Friday it plans to discontinue nine majors and one concentration, including several languages.

The cuts will not be immediate but the college will no longer accept students in those majors.

There are 38 students now in the majors to be cut, 12 of whom are scheduled to graduate in May. The college said it will help those who remain finish their majors on time by way of courses by special arrangement, independent studies or substitution of requirements.

The cuts could also mean a loss of jobs for instructors in those majors by the end of May though tenured professors will have a year's notice, college President William Craft said earlier this week. The college was also offering an incentive for faculty members age 55 and older to retire early.

Majors to be discontinued are: classical studies, classics, Latin, Latin education, French, French education, German, health, humanities and the Scandinavian studies concentration. Courses will be available in some programs without majors -- German, classics, French, health and Norwegian -- and minors will still be available in French, German and Classics. Health education, physical education and exercise science will still be offered.

The college said it has a target of $2.7 million in cost cutting and new revenue required to balance the budget and cover annual salary increases. By discontinuing less popular majors it can concentrate on those that are most in demand. No other cuts are expected in this school year, the college said.

Concordia College has struggled with declining enrollment in recent years. In April, it cut 5 percent of its workforce, the equivalent of 31 full-time employees. In the fall, the college was able to report an increase in freshman enrollment but the effect of low enrollment from previous years still reverberates.

On the Web: For more details, see the college's announcement at

An earlier version of this article contained an error. It incorrectly identified some Concordia College programs as being eliminated due to budget cuts. The college will offer minors in German, classics and French. It will offer courses in German, classics, French, health and Norwegian.