Slim choice (Australia)

An Australian university has played down claims that changes to humanities courses will hit students in its three regional campuses hardest. Tim Murray, dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at La Trobe University, assured students that the institution’s streamlined arts degree, flexible online learning and block teaching would enhance courses, The Australian reported. Students, however, are dismayed that from next year they will lose the option of single-subject majors, with the politics programme being cut entirely. In place, La Trobe will introduce an interdisciplinary major combining English, history and sociology. Professor Murray said the changes were necessary to meet the financial challenges of providing students in regional campuses with “credible” choices.

Source: Times Higher Education