Prevent the Cutting and Merging of Programs at Bradley University

Prevent the Cutting and Merging of Programs at Bradley University

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Melody Hampton started this petition to Bradley University Provost Walter R. Zakahi and

Please support the students of Bradley University and reconsider the cutting and merging of programs, including Political Science/International Studies. Our founder, Lydia Moss Bradley believed that the institution should "furnish its students with the means of living an independent, industrious, and useful life by the aid of a practical knowledge of the useful arts and sciences."  Now, 124 years after this school was first chartered, Provost Zakahi has recommended the cutting and merging of programs that best suit Lydia Moss Bradley's vision for this campus.  I decided to study political science because I want to learn more about how people interact with our government and our elected officials, so I can use that knowledge to make our country and our world a better place.  I chose Bradley University because, among other things, it touted a rigorous Political Science program.

The Institute of International Studies and Political Science departments are NOT the same.  We study different things and we are different people. If I was considering Bradley after learning about the department merge, I would not have applied or matriculated here.  The knowledge that my professors have because they are allowed to teach the courses that they have studied and are passionate about is invaluable, and if you continue forward with the merger, it will negatively affect my education and view of this institution.

The focus of Political Science is to try and further understand people through the arts and sciences.  Now, more than ever, we need to try and understand people we don't know.  By cutting and merging these programs, the student body will be the worse for it.  So, as a proud student of Bradley University, I implore you to reconsider the cuts and merges not just for me, but for future students who have dreamed of coming to Bradley, only to find out that their favorite department has been cut or merged.  Thank you.

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