Biography and History

Sociology has been taught at Princeton since at least 1895, but it did not emerge as an independent department until the mid-20th century. When academic departments were first established at Princeton in 1904, sociology was included in the Department of History, Politics, and Economics. In 1913, history and politics split off and the department became the Department of Economics and Social Institutions, which was renamed the Department of Economics and Sociology in 1954 and then the Department of Sociology and Anthropology in 1960. Finally, in 1965, anthropology became a separate department and the Department of Sociology was established in its current structure. Sociology gained immensely in popularity at Princeton throughout the 1960s and by 1970, it had the largest number of undergraduate concentrators on campus, a position it soon lost to its former partner, the History Department. In addition to the department, Sociology faculty have been involved in the Woodrow Wilson School, the Office of Population Research, and the programs on East Asia, the Near East, Russia, and African-American studies.

Source: From the finding aid for AC380

  • Commission on the Future of the College Records. 1970-1973 (inclusive).

    Call Number: AC186

    The Commission on the Future of the College–known also as the Bressler Commission–was charged in October 1970 with assessing Princeton's undergraduate curriculum. The collection contains Professor Marvin Bressler's records as the chair of the Commission. The collection is comprised of internal and external correspondence, reports, meeting minutes, and student surveys. Bressler was a member of the Department of Sociology at Princeton University from 1963 to 1993, and for twenty years served as its chairman.

  • Department of Sociology Records. 1962-1969 (inclusive).

    Call Number: AC380

    This collection consists of seven research reports written in the 1960s by faculty in the Department of Sociology.

  • Department of Sociology Records. 1962-1969 (inclusive).

    Call Number: AC380

    This collection consists of seven research reports written in the 1960s by faculty in the Department of Sociology.