Department of Sociology Records
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- 1959 - 2021
- Department of Sociology (Organization)
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In 1936, the Department of Sociology was established as its own department separate from economics. Enrollment into the degree program continued to rise in the later 1930s and by 1946 had over 100 students. In 1946, there was four sociologist on staff including Mereb Mossman who would later go on to become Academic Dean of the Students for over 20 years.
In 1961, the department again changed names to become the Department of Sociology and Anthropology. This expanded title was encouraged by two young new professors, Elaine Burgess and Harriet Kupferer, who believed that the department needed to refocus its studies on modern academic and theoretical concerns of sociology. However, as the various areas of the department grew in size and specialization, it became more difficult to fit them under one single department. Therefore, in 1974 there would be another split as the Department of Sociology and Department of Anthropology became two distinct departmental units.
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The records of the Department of Sociology contain annual reports, brochures, course material, flyers, meeting minutes, memorandums, newsletters, proposals, reports, an archive of the department's website and other records which document the activities of the department from 1959-2015.
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