HATTIESBURG, MS. (WDAM) - On Wednesday, the University of Southern Mississippi's President, Martha Saunders, agreed to save eleven programs previously recommended for deletion at the university.
Among those programs was the religion bachelor's major. Established five years ago, the major has about 25 students who graduate with a religion background per Southern Miss graduation. That's a figure the program's coordinator, Dan Capper, said exceeds many other longer established religion programs.
Last year, Capper and five of his colleagues in the Philosophy and Religion Department learned both they and the entire religion program were recommended for deletion.
Following an appeals process a panel advised President Saunders restore religion along with ten other programs, on Wednesday she agreed.
Capper said, "It's gratifying to see that our colleagues from across the university value our program very much. Because we have a unique and very strong program as the first major in religion at a state university in Mississippi."
Capper said since learning the news about his program's restoration, there are many more smiling faces around his department.