The largest college within the University of Oregon is cutting 31 jobs, primarily instructors of humanities topics with declining interest from students.

UO’s College of Arts and Sciences plans to cut 21 non-tenure track faculty and 10 staff workers, Arts and Sciences Dean Andrew Marcus said Thursday. The faculty and staff will finish the school year and the UO will not renew their contracts.

“I think this is really going to stabilize us as a college,” Marcus said.

Most of the job cuts will be of language instructors, both foreign language and English-as-a-second language teachers, and other members of the college’s humanities division, Marcus said. He said humanities classes have drawn fewer and fewer students in recent years.

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