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Chapin, Chairman of Department at Minnesota, Will be on Staff Here This Summer


Sociology departments of Yale, Wisconsin, and Minnesota have all had as remarkable a growth in enrollment as Harvard's department. Wisconsin and Minnesota's divisions of Sociology were both classed as "Distinguished departments" in the now famous Embrce report in the Atlantic Monthly.

Harvard's department was not classed as "distinguished." It was one of two departments here not highly rated, the other being Engineering Sciences. Yale's Sociology division was also not highly rated.

Steady Increase

Enrollment figures here have increased steadily from 56 concentrators in 1931-32 to 77 for the present academic year. During the same period Yale's Sociology concentrators increased from 26 to 63.

In two schools where the department was highly ranked, Wisconsin and Minnesota, the interest was correspondingly greater. Since 1932 at the latter institution the majors have increased in number from 135 to 369 in the present year. While this was the number of majors, at least 1500 students were enrolled in the various courses.

No figures Available

Since Princeton has no division of Sociology no figures were available. The same held true for Cornell, and Columbia does not offer any similar courses for comparison.

It is expected that when the Littauer School of Public Administration is organized several courses dealing with Sociology will be included in the curriculum. It is probable that these courses will be now in scope and will cover the borderline between Government, Economics and Sociology.

Chapin Here

F. Stuart Chapin, Chairman of the Department of Sociology at Minnesota, who will teach this summer at the Summer School, is along with Pitirim A. Sorokin, professor of Sociology, considered as an outstanding member of this field in the country. Sorokin was connected for many years with the department at Minnesota before coming here, and was a key man in its development to its present position of eminence.

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