Department of Economics

Department of Economics

1930s

  • 1933 First female M.S. recipient in Economics

    Katherine W. Sams becomes the first woman to earn an M.S. degree in Economics.

1960s

  • 1962 First African-American faculty member

    Vivian Henderson becomes the first African-American faculty member, taking a position as a visiting professor in the Department of Economics. Henderson was a friend of Martin Luther King, Jr., and he later became president of the historically black Clark College in Atlanta.