INTEREST in humanities at La Trobe University has not decreased despite last year’s cuts to subjects and staff, La Trobe University Bendigo campus director Andrew Skewes says.
La Trobe University announced in August that Religion and Spirituality would no longer be offered as a subject in 2013, while political studies would be discontinued in Bendigo and moved to its Bundoora campus.
First round tertiary offers were released to prospective students at 2pm yesterday.
Mr Skewes said student applications to the Bachelor of Arts degree were similar, if not more, than last year.
“It’s still early days but our numbers here look equivalent to last year,” he said.
He said they had increased the amount of subjects available to Bachelor of Arts students outside the humanities faculty.
“We’ve increased the opportunity for them to choose subjects from other areas (and) opened up choices for students, which is one of the positives out of the changes.
“We think there’s quite a good amount on offer.”
Mr Skewes said he was confident the campus would break through the 5000 student mark this year, making it the biggest regional tertiary education campus in the state. “Across the board we will be equivalent or exceed last year and take it beyond 5000,” he said.
“We will crack it this year, and solidly.
“We will have growth this year, and I think that comes from innovation in programs we offer.”