Department of Sociology and Anthropology

Department of Sociology and Anthropology

1920s

  • 1920 First sociology courses
  • 1923 Department of Rural Sociology and History established
  • 1925 Department of History and Sociology, Department of Rural Sociology

    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 Ph.D. conferred

    The first Ph.D. is conferred; Jesse Mowry receives the degree in the field of Rural Sociology.

  • 1928 First female masters degree recipients

    Lillian P. Wallace becomes the first woman to earn a masters degree in Education. She went on to publish several historical works on politics in Europe. Virginia F. Harris becomes the first woman to earn a masters degree in Rural Sociology.

1930s

  • 1930 (circa) Rural Sociology Department merges with the Agricultural Economics Department

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

  • 1937 History and Sociology curricula separated

    Department of History and Sociology divided into two departments: 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 instructor with faculty ranking

    Dorothy Williams becomes the first African-American instructor with faculty ranking, teaching in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology.

  • DefaultDorothy 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 publishes "In a Black Perspective." This pamphlet tallies the university's black community at nine professors and 222 students (out of a total 13,809), and lists 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