Western Illinois University in Macomb has announced that is eliminating several degree programs due to a low number of students pursing bachelor’s degrees in these fields. One of the degree programs being eliminated is African American studies.
Students currently majoring in African American studies will be able to continue until they complete their degree but no new majors will be permitted. The university reports that no students in the 2016 graduating class majored in African American studies.
There are more than 9,600 undergraduate students at Western Illinois University. African Americans make up 19 percent of the undergraduate student body. Black studies courses will still be offered and students may pursue a minor in African American studies.