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USM cuts jobs, majors

PORTLAND (WGME) -- Deep budget cuts being proposed at the University of Southern Maine. The cuts include faculty and staff positions, but it doesn't stop there. Majors currently being offered at the University are also on the chopping block.

The cuts total $14 million, and will go into effect July 1. Four majors will get cut, American and New England studies, geosciences, recreation and leisure studies and arts and humanities.

About 50 faculty and staff will lose their job, a number that could change depending on how many people choose an early retirement incentive. USM cut 83 jobs last year, and 245 since 2007.