College of Humanities and Social Sciences
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.
Basic Division established
The Basic Division is established as an academic service division, and made up of the non-degree-granting departments offering fundamental courses to first- and second-year students.
School of General Studies established
The non-degree-granting School of General Studies is established (now the degree-granting College of Humanities and Social Sciences). It replaces the Basic Division.
Dean of School of General Studies
Fred V. Cahill is appointed to head the school.
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 becomes dean of the new school, serving in the position until 1971.
Justice Burley Mitchell graduates
Burley Mitchell graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree. He later became a Justice on the North Carolina Supreme Court.
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.
First female African-American undergraduate degree recipient
Norma Wright Garcia becomes the first African-American female to receive an undergraduate degree, earning a BA in history.
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.
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. Augustines College to take these classes.
Emerson Fullwood graduates
Emerson Fullwood graduated with a Bachelor of Arts. He later became vice president of Xerox Corporation.
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.
Social Work degree
A Bachelor of Social Work degree is first offered.
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
William B. Toole, Dean
Toole becomes dean and serves until 1995.
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.
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.
Schools become Colleges
Eight of the university's academic schools are redesignated as colleges.
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.
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.
Linda P. Brady, Dean
Brady serves as dean until 2006
Institute of Nonprofits
The Institute of Nonprofits was established
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
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.
Toby L. Parcel, Dean
Parcel serves as dean until 2008.
After serving as interim dean since 2008, Braden is appointed dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.
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.