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This is a developing list that will be updated as The Bulletin confirms suspended programs.

If you or your professor receive an email letting you know that your program has been suspended, please reach out to The Bulletin.

Department chairs and academic advisers began communicating via email which programs will be suspended at Emporia State on Tuesday.

The emails sent to students assured them that they will be able to complete affected programs as planned and that “this change only affects future enrollments for this program.” Future students will not be allowed to enroll in suspended programs, according to interim provost Brent Thomas.

All suspended programs would be informed by their department chairs by Friday, said Gwen Larson, director of media relations. The university does not plan to share a full list of the affected departments in one communication, Larson said. 

On Sept. 14, the Kansas Board of Regents approved a justification from ESU that allowed the university to dismiss 33 faculty and staff, including tenured faculty. Now ESU is continuing its plan for restructuring, which includes program and course suspension.

“What campus is going to see is announcements from the specific departments and programs as they roll out information about reinvestment and realignment of those programs,” Larson said.

Academic advisors will work with students to help them complete their courses needed to graduate, Larson said. Department chairs are also developing continuation and completion plans for students already enrolled in affected programs, according to Thomas.

The Bulletin has confirmed that the following programs and courses have been suspended:


The Business School

Business program

  • B.A. of Interdisciplinary Entrepreneurship

  • B.S. of Marketing

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Biological sciences department

Biology program

  • B.S. with a Botany concentration*

  • B.S. with a Physiology concentration

Communication department

Debate program

Relational communication program

  • B.S.

English, modern languages and journalism department

English program

  • Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

  • Graduate certificate

  • Master of Arts (M.A.)

Modern languages program 

  • All non-Spanish language courses

  • French minor

  • German minor

  • Latin American studies minor

Journalism program

  • Journalism minor

  • Bachelor of Science in Education (BSE)

  • Graduate licensure in journalism education

Interdisciplinary Studies department

Interdisciplinary studies program

  • M.S in informatics with a geospatial concentration  

  • M.S. in informatics with a political science concentration

Mathematics and economics department

Mathematics program 

  • Dual degree - Engineering ESU bachelor of science mathematics 

Physical sciences department

Chemistry program

  • Bachelor of Science (B.S.)

Earth science program

  • B.A.

  • B.S.

Physical sciences program

  • Paleontology minor 

  • Geospatial Analysis certification

  • M.S. with a chemistry concentration

  • M.S. with a physics concentration

  • M.S. with an earth science concentration

  • M.S. with a physical sciences concentration

  • 4+1 Chemistry MS FS*

Physics program

  • Physics minor

  • B.A.

  • B.S.

Pre-engineering professional program

  • Intent to transfer to Kansas State University

  • Intent to transfer to University of Kansas

  • Intent to transfer to Wichita State University

Social sciences, sociology and criminology department

History program

  • B.A.

  • B.S.

  • M.A.

Philosophy program

  • minor

Political Science program

  • B.A.
  • M.S.

Geography program

  • minor

Anthropology program

  • minor

Counselor education department

Rehabilitation & Disability Studies

  • B.S.

*a previous version of this story erroneously included biology M.S. with a concentration in botany and a Master of Science (M.S.), Forensic Science - Chemistry Concentration

Sam Bailey and Cameron Burnett contributed to reporting.

Sarah Spicer advises The Bulletin on stories about Emporia State’s framework to dismiss employees.

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