NORTH MANCHESTER - Manchester University says it is adjusting its course offerings to better suit enrollment trends. Public relations, economics, physics, engineering science, modern languages and secondary education mathematics will be  phased out under the initiative, a response to low enrollment numbers.

The university says students already enrolled in the affected programs will be able to graduate with their degrees, and all current students will have until the end of the current academic year to declare their majors or minors and finish them through the university.

The university is also adding new programming to serve student's needs. A data science major will start this fall and the institution says faculty are working to redesign the Spanish, sociology and mathematics majors with added emphasis on practical applications.

“Adding new programs and strengthening existing ones helps us prepare students for good jobs or graduate school as soon as they graduate,” said Manchester President Dave McFadden. “For example, we are developing a bachelor’s degree in nursing as well as a master’s degree in nutrition and nutrigenomics. This fall we launched a 3+1 Master of Accountancy, which allows a student to earn both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in four years.”

Of Manchester’s 1,078 undergraduate students, the university says the total enrollment in the majors being phased out is 25.