Published on July 13, 2020 by Sean Flynt  
The seal of Samford University
The seal of Samford University

Samford University’s Howard College of Arts and Sciences has announced that its Classics Department and Philosophy Department will merge starting this fall. All current majors, minors and programs of the separate departments will continue under the new Classics and Philosophy Department. The change is part of an ongoing streamlining of college administration that previously created the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication and Communication Studies and the Department of Geography and Sociology.

A statement from the new department observed that the disciplines of classics and philosophy share many curricular and academic goals, and remain vital to Samford's mission as a university steeped in academic excellence and the Christian intellectual and ethical traditions. “It is expected that, by combining our personnel, resources and interests, both departments will be enhanced in their commitments to students, classroom teaching, and research-publishing projects,” the announcement said.

 
Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford 1st nationally for student engagement and U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 37th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 97th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,758 students from 48 states and 22 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference, and ranks 3rd nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.