Cutting Political Science Departments

The unthinkable has happened at Wisconsin Lutheran College:

Wisconsin Lutheran College last week not only eliminated the jobs of 18 people—it also ended the teaching of political science.

And then they twist the knife:

…the college determined it wasn’t necessary to its liberal arts mission to offer political science.

Michael Brintnall, head of the American Political Science Association, rejoins:

It would be thought to be a central component of a liberal arts education. The subject matter is too central to civic life and understanding where we are going in the world to not offer the content.

The article is here.

2 Responses to Cutting Political Science Departments

  1. Chad Rector March 3, 2009 at 10:40 pm #

    If it’s any consolation, they seem to have cut economics first. (That is just a guess, since political science is still listed in the department roster here http://www.wlc.edu/academics/ while economics is not, but an economics department probably once existed since it is referenced here http://www.wlc.edu/academics/bss/ .) The way I see it, this is good news – as long as our home institution has an academic economics department, the canary lives.

  2. ProfPTJ March 10, 2009 at 11:45 am #

    My thoughts on this over here.