College of Humanities and Social Sciences

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

1920s

1928 Courses in religion first offered

Professor W. N. Hicks taught the first courses in religion. Although the courses were listed in the 1927-1928 college catalog, they were not taught before Hicks became an assistant professor in 1928.

1930s

1937 Basic Division established

The Basic Division replaced the School of Science and Business. It was established as an academic service division, consisting of non-degree-granting departments and offering fundamental courses to first- and second-year students.

1950s

1952 School of General Studies established

The non-degree-granting School of General Studies was established (it later became the degree-granting College of Humanities and Social Sciences). General Studies replaced the Basic Division, and initially it included the following departments: Economics, English, History and Political Science, Modern Languages, Philosophy and Religion, Physical Education, Social Studies, and Sociology.

1960s

1960 Dean of School of General Studies

Fred V. Cahill is appointed to head the school.

Fred V. Cahill, Jr. portraitFred V. Cahill, Jr. portrait
1963 School of Liberal Arts

The formerly non-degree granting School of General Studies is renamed the School of Liberal Arts, and receives authorization to award degrees. Fred V. Cahill was the first dean of the new school (he served in the position until 1971). Liberal Arts originally contained the following departments: includes Economics, English, History and Political Science, Modern Languages, Philosophy and Religion, Physical Education, Social Studies, and Sociology and Anthropology.

1966 Justice Burley Mitchell graduates

Burley Mitchell graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree. He later became a Justice on the North Carolina Supreme Court.

1966 National Science Foundation grant

NC State received its first NSF grant to create a science development plan in order to strengthen faculties in the biosciences; support materials, mechanics and electrotechnics in engineering; and support the social sciences.

1966 First African American Woman Undergraduate Degree Recipient

Norma Wright Garcia becomes the first African American woman to receive an undergraduate degree, earning a BA in history.

1968 Ann B. Goodnight

Ann B. Goodnight graduates with a bachelors degree in political science. She later became a businesswoman, philanthropist, and member of the UNC system Board of Governors.

1969 First Black Studies Classes Offered

In fall 1969, NC State began offering Black Studies courses; these courses included black American literature, the Afro American in America, black Americans in American politics, and black ideology. Previously, many students were going to Shaw University and St. Augustine's College to take these classes.

1970s

1970 Emerson Fullwood graduates

Emerson Fullwood graduated with a Bachelor of Arts. He later became vice president of Xerox Corporation.

2/24/1971 New Liberal Arts dean

Dr. Robert O. Tilman is appointed as the new dean of the School of Liberal Arts. He serves in the position until 1984.

Robert O. Tilman, Professor of Political ScienceRobert O. Tilman, Professor of Political Science
1976 Social Work degree

A Bachelor of Social Work degree is first offered.

1977 School of Humanities and Social Sciences

The School of Liberal Studies is renamed the School of Humanities and Social Sciences.

1978 Humanities Extension Program established

1980s

9/1/1995 William B. Toole, Dean

Toole becomes dean and serves until 1995.

William B. Toole, III, Professor of English and Dean of the College of Humanities and Social SciencesWilliam B. Toole, III, Professor of English and Dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences
1985 Terry Gannon graduates

Terry Gannon graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree. He had been a member of the "Cardiac Pack" men's basketball team that won the 1983 NCAA championship. He later became a sportscaster for ESPN/ABC and other media outlets.

1987-1988 Kevin Howell

Howell was the first African American to serve as Student Body President. He was a political science major. After graduation, he eventually became the university's primary liaison with state and local governments. In 2016 he became the senior vice president for external affairs of the UNC System.

Kevin Howell, 1988Kevin Howell, 1988
1987 Schools become Colleges

Eight of the university's academic schools are redesignated as colleges.

1988 Zach Galifianakis

Zach Galifianakis enrolled as a communications major. He later became a successful comedian and actor with starring roles in the movies The Hangover and The Candidate.

1990s

8/7/1995 Margaret A. Zahn becomes Dean of College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Margaret A. Zahn, nationally known for her studies on violence in the United States, becomes Dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. She serves in the position until 2001.

2000s

7/1/2001 Linda P. Brady, Dean

Brady serves as dean until 2006

2003 Institute of Nonprofits

The Institute of Nonprofits was established

2004 Dickson Hendley graduates

Dickson "Doc" Hendley graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree. He later founded the Wine to Water non-profit organization.

2005 Ph.D. in Communication, Rhetoric and Digital Media first offered
2006 School of Public and International Affairs

The School of Public and International Affairs was established within CHASS, comprising the Department of Political Science, the Department of Public Administration, the International Studies masters program, and other initiatives.

8/2006 Toby L. Parcel, Dean

Parcel serves as dean until 2008.

4/1/2009 Jeffery Braden

After serving as interim dean since 2008, Braden is appointed dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

2010s

10/2014 Khayrallah Center for Lebanese Diaspora Studies

Founded with a gift from Moise Khayrallah, the center fosters scholarship on the historical and contemporary Lebanese Diaspora, including social, political, economic, and cultural dimensions.