It is an interesting fact that for a long time philosophy departments were tiny and have been considered for closing or consolidating. But now philosophy is becoming THE major at places like Rutgers, with hundreds signing up.
This is an example of administrators using numbers and business methods for decisions to which they do not apply. We could easily see physics become THE new favored major. And in this world it should be one of them.
I agree that both are simply appallingly shortsighted.
>>> Tabitha Arnesen <[log in to unmask]> 04/14/08 10:05 AM >>>
While a university closing down its German Dept is
bad, how about the closure of a leading Physics Dept!
(More shocking to me, being a scientist)
About 2 years ago Reading University (a pretty
respectable British Uni) announced that it was closing
down its Physics Dept. I kind of assumed that this
would be canceled at the last minute as maybe it was a
ploy for more funding.
Last year i asked a lecturer from Reading about this
and he gloomily assured me that the dept was
definitely being closed. What makes this even more
foolish is that Reading has a truly excellent
Meteorology Dept (Weather), and it is certain that the
lack of a Physics Dept is going to have a detrimental
effect on the quality of teaching and research there.
--- Carrol Cox <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> I would assume that almost any subscriber to this
> list, including me,
> would be jolted and shocked by the idea of
> eliminating German from the
> curriculum of the university. But not every
> university can teach every
> language, or even every "major" language (whatever
> that might mean. The
> reactions to this announcement from USC resemble the
> shocked horror of
> classicists over a century ago when their fields
> began to be replaced
> with English, French, & German! And despite my own
> deep personal regret
> at never having learned Greek, I can't really say
> that its disappearance
> from most curriculums represents any threatened
> collapse of human
> Warr3n & Wellek remark in passing that if, when
> Kittridge retired in
> 1936, Eliot had been appointed head of the Harvard
> English Dept. many
> would have roared that standards would have been
> lowered. They would
> have been changed, which is not uite the same.
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