Department of Sociology and Anthropology

Department of Sociology and Anthropology
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1920s

1920 First sociology courses offered
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.

1926 First PhD conferred

The first PhD was conferred to Jesse Mowry who received a degree in the rural sociology.

1928 First woman to earn master's degree in rural sociology

Virginia F. Harris became the first woman to earn a master's degree in rural sociology.

1930s

circa 1930 Rural Sociology Department merged

The Rural Sociology Department merged with the Agricultural Economics Department. The result of this merger was the creation of the Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology Department.

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.

1950s

1953 Department of Sociology renamed

Department of Sociology renamed the Department of Sociology and Anthropology

1960s

1965 First African American faculty instructor hired

Dorothy Williams became the first African American instructor with faculty ranking in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology.

Dorothy S. Williams, NC State University FacultyDorothy S. Williams, NC State University Faculty
1966 Department of Sociology and Anthropology

Department of Rural Sociology merges with the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, retaining the latter name.

1970s

1972 "In a Black Perspective" published

NC State published "In a Black Perspective." This pamphlet totaled the university's black community at nine professors and 222 students (out of a total 13,809). The publication listed courses focusing on black history and culture: two in Political Science and one on race relations in Sociology.

1990s

1990 Economics and Sociology programs split into separate departments