Two weeks ago, students in the business program received an email around 9 p.m. stating that the business and entrepreneurship program had been cut, a change that is effective immediately.
For freshmen and sophomores studying either business administration and entrepreneurship or business and marketing, this means changing majors or transferring to another school that offers the program they want.
For some, the change is easy.
“For me, the cut works out better because it will allow me to specifically study event planning,” said freshman Courtney Scott.
Scott, formerly a business and marketing major who has a minor in special events, is changing her degree. She will now be working toward a bachelor of science in event and convention management.
Even though Scott feels good about the change, she thinks it is a bad decision for the school.
“I was talking to my parents and we all just agreed that you can’t just cut a general business program. Every other school in the world has one.”
Freshman business and marketing major Cierra Warfield agrees.
“I wanted to be an entrepreneur, but I can’t do that now because of the cut. Stephens wouldn’t cut the fashion program. Business is the background of every degree. I want to make money when I’m out of school—that’s why I chose business instead of fashion.”
Warfield plans to continue studying business at Stephens, taking classes at MU and Columbia College that Stephens will no longer offer.
Junior Erika Watson elaborated on how she feels about the new programs as a result of the cut. As a marketing, public relations and advertising major, Watson hopes to be an event planner. MPA was the best option for a potential career in event planning, as the classes would teach her to effectively market her events.
“It would have helped me out a lot if Stephens would have created this event planning major before. I would be furious if my program was cut and there was nothing else for me to do,” she said.
While Scott and Warfield are staying at school, others are not so fortunate.
“You just can’t send out an email saying that a program is being cut mid-semester. Some girls are going to transfer schools, and it is already too late in the semester for them to get into another school for the spring term,” Scott explained.
Faculty assures that the changes are for the best, but only time will tell if this is the right move.