Hiram College trustees have approved recommendations for the private school’s academic redesign.

Most of the changes are those that were recommended by college officials and publicized in May.

The changes are designed to help the school in Portage County boost enrollment and stabilize its finances.

An original recommendation combined music, theater arts, art history, and studio art majors into a single major called fine, performing, and digital arts.

But trustees Wednesday approved an alternative plan — presented by faculty from studio art and music — that will result in the four majors becoming two: a performing arts major with an emphasis in music and theater; and a major that emphasizes art, film and digital design.

The college will add new programs in marketing, criminal justice, international studies, and sport management.

The board also voted to eliminate its religious studies major and minor, and move its economics, philosophy, mathematics, French, and Spanish majors to minors.

The curriculum changes will result in the elimination of two tenured faculty and four visiting, renewable, or tenure-track faculty.