Department of History

Department of History
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1880s

10/1889 First history courses offered

History courses were offered when the North Carolina College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts opened.

1920s

1923 Department of Rural Sociology and History established
1925 Department of History and Sociology formed

The Department of History and Sociology formed when rural sociology curriculum was separated from the program. A separate Department of Rural Sociology was also created.

1930s

1933-1934 Hugh T. Lefler appointed Acting Director of the Library

Hugh T. Lefler, head of the History Department and chair of the Library Committee, was appointed Acting Director of the Library.

1937 Department of History and Sociology divided

The Department of History and Sociology divided into two departments: the Department of History and Department of Sociology.

1940s

1943 Department of History and Political Science established

1960s

1965 Department of History and Political Science divided

The Department of History and Political Science is divided into two departments: the Department of History and Department of Politics.

1966 Third woman hired as full professor

Doris King became the third woman to serve as a full professor and taught courses in history and education.

1966 First African American woman received undergraduate degree

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

1970s

1977 Third woman appointed department head

Mary E. (Betty) Wheeler became the head of the Department of History and the third woman to hold a position of department head at NC State.

1980s

1985 Terry Gannon graduated

Terry Gannon graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in history. 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.

2010s

2011 Institutional history of the history department written

Joshua D. Hager wrote History at NC State: An Institutional History.