This website is devoted to making the history of

the Rural Sociological Society and rural sociology more accessible.

 

Additions and suggestions are always welcome!

 


 

 

 

 

Department and Program Histories

 

 

Below are where the histories of various departments and programs in rural sociology can be found online. 

 

Today, many departments are changing their names and while rural sociology is still a strong element within the department,

it's presence may no longer be evident in the department names.  In at least one case, the department no longer exists.

 

 

 

The entries are presented in no particular order.  Most often, it is the order in which they were found.

 

This list is a continual work in progress.  If you know of other department or program histories, please email the RSS Historian.

 

 

See also:

 

 

Pennsylvania State University

 

Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology

"A Brief History of the Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology at the Pennsylvania State University."

 

http://www.aers.psu.edu/DepartmentInfo/HistoryOfAERS.pdf

 

 

 

University of Wisconsin

 

Department of Community and Environmental Sociology.

History of the Department and its name change.

Video of interview with Glenn Fuguitt on the history of the Department of Rural Sociology at the University of Wisconsin.

 

http://www.drs.wisc.edu/history/index.php

 

 

 

Cornell University

 

Timeline of the Department of Sociology includes Department of Rural Sociology (Now Department of Development Sociology).

 

http://www.soc.cornell.edu/history/timeline.html

 

 

 

University of Connecticut

 

Originally Connecticut State College, rural sociology began as part of the department of sociology.  It became part of the

Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology (now Agricultural and Resource Economics).

 

http://sociology.uconn.edu/history.html

 

 

 

North Carolina State University

 

Ron Wimberley. "North Carolina State University’s Rural Sociology Program in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

and in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology."

 

http://historicalstate.lib.ncsu.edu/pageturner/ua050_002-rural-sociology?page=1

 

http://scrc.lib.ncsu.edu/pairtree_root/ua/05/0_/00/2-/ru/ra/l-/so/ci/ol/og/y/ua050_002-rural-sociology/ua050_002-rural-sociology.pdf

 

 

"Historical State History in Red and White"

 

 

Timeline of the Department of Sociology (includes history of the Department of Rural Sociology)

 

http://historicalstate.lib.ncsu.edu/departments/sociology-and-anthropology

 

Timeline of the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics (includes history of the Department of Rural Sociology)

 

http://historicalstate.lib.ncsu.edu/departments/agricultural-and-resource-economics

 

History of the  Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics (includes history of the Department of Rural Sociology)

 

http://www.ag-econ.ncsu.edu/ARE_history.htm

 

 

 

 

Iowa State University

 "Rural Sociology."  Essays on the College of Agriculture's History.  Iowa State University.

Willis Goudy.

 

http://www.ag.iastate.edu/coa150/Goudy.php

 

 

 

Texas A&M University

 

Department of Recreation, Park & Tourism Sciences.

"In 2004, The Department of Recreation, Park & Tourism Sciences began its Program in Rural Sociology and

Community Studies. Since 1914, when the first courses in rural sociology were taught at Texas A&M, rural sociologists

have served the people of Texas and the Nation through a wide range of areas."

 

http://ruralsoc.tamu.edu/

 

 

 

Washington State University

 

"In the spring of 2009, as part of its response to the ongoing fiscal crisis facing the State and University, Washington State University decided to phase out the Department of Community and Rural Sociology. The closure is effective as of June 16, 2010."

 

http://www.crs.wsu.edu/

 

 

South Dakota State University

 

University Archives and H. M. Briggs Library Special Collections

Rural Sociology Department records

UA 5 9 Archives Finding Aid for UA 5.9

 

"Sociology was established as a formal department at South Dakota State University in 1925. Courses were taught in sociology before that time in the history and political science departments. The first course with a particular rural focus was taught in 1913-14.

The development of rural sociology as a department occurred primarily because of the Purnell Act of 1925. This act provided funding for research in sociology and economics, and South Dakota State University responded by forming department in those areas. By the 1930's, the department was established enough to be in charge of sociological research with the WPA. From 1933-1942, cooperative between government agencies and the department was common, and this assisted in carving the place rural sociology now holds at South Dakota State University."

 

http://www.sdstate.edu/sdsuarchives/collections/rural-sociology-department-records-ua-5-9.cfm

 

 

 

University of Missouri

 

A History of Rural Sociology. Special Report 361. College of Agriculture University of Missouri-Columbia. JUNE 1988.

 

"Rural Sociology at the University of Missouri started because there was a need for sociology courses with practical application to problems of rural life. These courses were taught initially in the Department of Sociology. In 1919, when the name of the Department of Farm Management in the College of Agriculture was changed to the Department of Rural Life, a rural sociology class was added."

 

http://digital.library.umsystem.edu/cgi/t/text/text-idx?sid=6cf73e05ba6e664d8299291781830320;c=sch;idno=sch000003

 

 

Lively, C.E. 1944. Department of Rural Sociology in the History of Missouri College of Agriculture. University of Missouri Agriculture Experiment Station Bulletin No. 483. October, 1944.

 

 

 

University of Minnesota

 

Department of Sociology, University of Minnesota.

 

"A Chronicle of the Department"

 

"The roster of distinguished sociologists who have been faculty at the University of Minnesota includes George Vincent, F ...

Lowry Nelson... The list of graduate students ... Carle C. Zimmerman, ... William Sewell, Conrad and Irene Taueber, ...  to

name but a few."

 

http://www.soc.umn.edu/about/history.html

 

"Perspectives from the Minnesota Sociology Centennial: Brief Papers of Alumni and Former Faculty Panelists, March 30, 2002"  Sociology Research Institute.  Department of Sociology, University of Minnesota.

 

http://www.soc.umn.edu/about/papers2002.html

 

 

 


 

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Julie N. Zimmerman

RSS Historian

Professor, Rural Sociology

Dept. of Community and Leadership Development, University of Kentucky

jzimm@email.uky.edu

 

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