M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives

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Finding Aid for the
DEPARTMENT OF SOCIOLOGY
RECORDS, 1966–1977
(UA-618)

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Finding Aid Compiled by
Scott Saperstein
April 28, 1993







M. E. Grenander Department of Special Collections & Archives 
University Libraries / University at Albany / State University of New York 
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TABLE OF CONTENTS

Administrative History

Scope and Content Note


Department of Sociology
Administrative History

The current Department of Sociology was created in 1966 as a joint department with Anthropology called the Department of Sociology and Anthropology. The department was part of the Division of Social Sciences.[1] The first identifiable Sociology course, titled "The Evolution of Social Science," was offered at the then New York State Normal College in 1904. Though no departmenal structure existed at the school until 1909, the course, taught by Professor Groat, was listed with the History and Polticial Science course offerings. The Annual Circular describes the course as the study of "practical social probelms and their effect upon the formulation of the science of sociology."[2] In 1907 a Sociology course, now called "Principles of Sociology" was listed with the Economics courses.

As part of a series of changes initiated in 1905 when the Normal College became a four year liberal arts college with a special mission to train teachers, the College adopted a traditional departmental structure in 1909. Among the newly created departments was the Department of Government and Economics, headed by Adam A. Walker. The joint department offered courses in Sociology.[3] In 1914 Economics and Government became separate departmsnts. The Department of Economics, headed by Professor Walker, offered a two semester course titled "Principles of Sociology" and "Problems in Sociology."[4]

Sociology courses continued to be taught in the Department of Economics until 1934 when that deparment was renamed the Department of Economics and Sociology. No longer would the index state, Sociology: See Economics.[5] In 1937 this joint department became part of the Social Studies division, still headed by Adam A. Walker.[6] In the 1953 General Catalogue Sociology was listed independently as a program in the Social Studies department headed by Joseph T. Phinney. A much broader range of courses were now being offered.[7] Sociology contineud to be taught within the Social Studies Department until 1964,[8] when that department was enlarged and renamed the Division of Social Sciences headed by Kendall A. Birr. That same year the Undergradate Bulletin, for the first time, stated that students in the General Program, but not in the Teacher Education Program, could major in Sociology and receive a Bachelor of Arts.[9]

In 1966 the joint Department of Sociology and Anthropology was created chaired by Paul F. Wheeler. The department offered the student body 28 Sociology courses.[10] In 1969 the department reported to the new Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences.[11] 1970 saw the joint department split into independent departments of Sociology and Anthropology.[12] That same year the Undergraduate Bulletin stated that a student must take three credits of Sociology or Anthropology in order to meet the requirements for certification as a Social Studies teacher.[13]

Master of Arts were first offered by the Department of Sociology in 1966,[14] while a Doctor of Philosophy in Sociology was first offered in 1970. The purpose of this Ph.D program was to "prepare qualified students for careers in teaching and research in colleges and universities."[15] The degree and course offerings of the department remain substantially the same to this day.[16]

Department Chairs
Paul F. Wheeler, 1966-1968
Paul Meadows, 1968-1973
Raymond Forer, 1973-1976
Ronald Farrell, 1976-1980
Nan Lin, 1980-1982
Richard Hall, 1982-1986
Allen Liska, 1986-1988
John Logan, 1988-1991
Richard Alba, 1991-1992
Marvin Krohn, 1992-1995
Richard Alba, 1995-1997
Glenna Spitze, 1997-2000
Steven Messner, 2000-2003
Russell Ward, 2003-

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Notes

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1. State University of New York at Albany, Undergraduate Bulletin 1966-67, p. 151.
2. New York State Normal College, Annual Circular and Announcement, 1904, p. 39.
3. New York State Normal College, Annual Circular and Announcement, 1907-08, p. 50.
4. New York State College for Teachers, Annual Circular and Announcement, 1914-15, p. 54-55.
5. New York State College for Teachers, Annual Catalogue, 1934-35, p. 41.
6. New York State College for Teachers, Annual Catalogue, 1937-38, p. 64.
7. New York State College for Teachers, General Catalogue, 1953-54, p. 123.
8. New York State College for Teachers and State University of New York at Albany's, Catalogues and Bulletins, 1937-63.
9. State University of New York at Albany, Undergraduate Bulletin, 1964-66, p. 153.
10. State University of New York at Albany, Undergraduate Bulletin, 1966-67, p. 151.
11. State University of New York at Albany, Undergraduate Bulletin, 1969-70, p. 155.
12. State University of New York at Albany, Undergraduate Bulletin, 1970-71, p. 152.
13. State University of New York at Albany, Undergraduate Bulletin, 1970-71, p. 180.
14. State University of New York at Albany, Graduate Bulletin, 1966-67, p. 135.
15. State University of New York at Albany, Graduate Bulletin, 1970-71, p. 115.
16. State University of New York at Albany, Undergraduate and Graduate Bulletins, 1971-.


Department of Sociology
Scope and Content Note

The records of the Department of Sociology include reports, 1971–77; proposals, 1977; and budgets.

Photographs of faculty and students from the Department of Sociology from the University Archives Photograph Collection are available for viewing online from the University at Albany Libraries' Digital Collections database.


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