Historically Black Tennessee State University Plans to Eliminate Africana Studies

Portia Shields, president of Tennessee State University, the historically black educational institution in Nashville, has announced plans to end eight degree programs due to a low number of student majors and the necessity of trimming expenses to shore-up the school’s budget. One of the eight degree programs facing elimination is Africana studies. Students will be able to minor in the discipline.

The university also plans to drop bachelor’s degree programs in foreign languages and physics, education degrees in administration and school psychology, and master’s degree programs in English, mathematics, and music education.

The proposed changes must be approved by the Tennessee Board of Regents.