Budget ax falls on Heartland college

The tough economy has hit one Heartland college hard.

Iowa Wesleyan College in Mt. Pleasant announced on Wednesday that the school will cut 16 academic majors.

The academic program closures include the following: studio art; sociology; history; pre-law studies; philosophy of religion; communication and mass communication; forensic science; general studies/liberal studies and seven teacher education endorsement areas.

In a statement released by the school, IWC President Steven Titus referred to the cuts as a re-organization. Titus said the cuts were approved by the Board of Trustees unanimously and were necessary "to generate future growth and achieve fiscal sustainability."

The changes to the programs won't affect current students, all students currently enrolled in those programs will be allowed to complete their degrees.

Iowa Wesleyan was founded in 1842.

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