The Human Sciences degree was one of the most unique and creative BSc programmes at the University of Sussex. By cutting the Life Sciences department and thereby withdrawing Human Sciences completely, prospective students are missing the opportunity to obtain a wide range of knowledge that straddles several disciplines – Biology, Psychology, Linguistics, Anthropology, Philosophy and Development Studies.
Whilst I was studying Human Sciences at the University of Sussex, and since graduating, people remark at how broad and inspiring the degree programme was. This was the main attraction of the University for me, particularly in the context of the innovative approach that it was associated as an institution. The gradual and organic approach to the degree programme enabled students to evolve a particular specialist pathway or keep their interests wide and interdisciplinary throughout their 4 years at Sussex. In terms of future prospects, the Human Sciences degree programme has enabled me and my peers to explore a wide range of opportunities including: NHS management, the Third sector, Civil Service, Speech therapy, Occupational Therapy, Mental Health services, among others.
During the cuts to the Life Sciences department at the University, their argument was motivated by financial concerns; however no effort seems to have been made to increase student numbers on these degree programmes.