Birmingham Southern to eliminate majors

By Alan Collins

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - More cuts for Birmingham Southern College. Thursday, BSC announced they are dropping accounting, computer science, dance, German and French majors. Over the next two years, the Liberal Arts School is eliminating 29 faculty positions.

Some students are upset at the cuts. "I'm an accounting student. I'm heartbroken. I'm a senior I won't be as affected as other students." Kayla Jones, senior accounting major said.

The school says 150 students will be affected by the loss of the majors. The cuts can save the school about $3 million dollars. The release says those students can still take classes in their subjects even if there are not majors.

Earlier, the school blamed the economy and an auditing error for Birmingham Southern College's money woes. Despite the cuts, one parent whose son is still considering the college remains optimistic about the future. "Well, I'm sorry to hear about them. I'm sure Birmingham Southern will be fine. It's a great academic institution. It's been around a long time. I think it will be fine," Beth Thomas said.

While Birmingham Southern say they regret having to make these big cuts, some students say their interests were not represented in making those cutbacks. "The committee that advised the president, there were no accounting people, there were no business people to advise the president." Jones said.

Jones says here concern remains with the faculty where some have been at the school for 25 years.  The president of BSC Alumni Association, Karen McElroy Carroll, says the organization is still processing the impact of the cuts, but the reaction has ranged from sadness to anger.

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