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Iowa State University. Department of Sociology records

 Record Group — Multiple Containers
Identifier: RS 13/30

Scope and Content

This collection consists of materials related to the Department of Sociology. contains news clippings, annual reports, newsletters, brochures, publications, sociology reports, subject files, biographical files, Czech American Religious Studies records, ISU-China Interaction records, Agricultural Experiment Station Project records, contracts and grants records, administrative files, administrative handbooks, and faculty papers.

Dates

  • undated

Creator

Language of Materials

English

Access Restrictions

Open for research.

Use/Re-use Restrictions

Consult Special Collections and University Archives

Biography/Profile

The teaching of sociology at Iowa State University started in 1880 when A.S. Welch, Iowa State's first president, taught one of the first courses with sociological content ever offered in the United States. At Iowa State, the bachelor of science in sociology degree program was established in 1914, the master of science degree in sociology was first offered in 1920, and the doctor of philosophy in sociology degree program began in 1944.



The department was separated from the Department of Economics and Sociology in 1966; previously, the department had maintained two functionally separate curricula of economics and sociology within one department, with each section directed by a "professor in charge." In July 1966, the Department of Sociology and Anthropology was created. The bachelor of science in anthropology degree program was established in 1971. In December 1990, the anthropology program separated from the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, creating two separate departments: the Department of Sociology and the Department of Anthropology.



Since its establishment, the Department of Sociology has grown into one of the largest sociology departments in the country with 40 faculty members, roughly 60 graduate students, and nearly 300 undergraduates. The Department offers 44 undergraduate and 47 graduate courses, bachelor of arts and bachelor of science degrees in sociology or in an interdisciplinary program in public service and administration in agriculture, and master of science and doctoral degrees in sociology and rural sociology.

Extent

1 collection

Abstract

The Department of Sociology, established in 1880 with a sociology class taught by A.S. Welch, is one of the largest departments of sociology in the country. It was connected with the Department of Economics until 1966 and the Department of Anthropology until 1990. This collection contains news clippings, annual reports, newsletters, brochures, publications, sociology reports, subject files, biographical files, Czech American Religious Studies records, ISU-China Interaction records, Agricultural Experiment Station Project records, contracts and grants records, administrative files, and administrative handbooks.

Items in related collections

RS 13/30/13. Gerald E. Klonglan papers, 1971-1991, undated RS 13/30/51. Joseph Hraba papers, 1970-2003, undated RS 13/30/52. Walter Albin Lunden papers, 1947-1986, undated

Processing Information

Released on 2019-04-10.

Title
RS 13/30. Iowa State University. Department of Sociology records
Date
February 18, 2021
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
English

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives Repository

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Iowa State University
Ames Iowa 50011-2102 United States
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