1919

The School of Liberal Arts, located in Morrill Hall, holds the departments of economics, history and political science; Frederic E. Lee is named dean. Pictured: Faculty members in front of Morrill Hall, 1908.

1921

The College of Arts and Sciences forms as an outgrowth of the School of Liberal Arts; Thomas M. Spence is named acting dean. Residing in Morrill Hall, the College of Arts and Sciences includes the departments of economics, sociology, history and political science.

1923

The College of Arts and Sciences separates into five divisions, including the Division of Humanities, Division of History and Social Sciences, and Division of Philosophy. The departments of economics, business administration, history, political science and sociology are placed under the Social Sciences Division, while psychology is placed in the Division of Philosophy.

1929

Thomas H. Taliaferro is named acting dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.

1936

The newly constructed College of Arts and Sciences Building opens for its first semester of classes; the building is now known as Francis Scott Key Hall (pictured).

1938

L. B. Broughton becomes dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. The Division of Humanities under the College of Arts and Sciences adds the Hearing and Speech Department.

1944

The Hearing and Speech Clinic is established.The College of Arts and Sciences appoints J. Freeman Pyle acting dean.The College of Business and Public Administration begins offering geography classes in its Natural and Human Resources Department.The departments of government and politics and geography move to the College of Business and Public Administration under the Division of World Economics.

1951

Charles Manning is appointed associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.

1955

The College of Arts and Science Building is renamed Francis Scott Key Hall.

1959

The Speech Department begins a program in speech therapy.

1966

Charles Manning, former associate dean, is named dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.The College of Arts and Sciences offers anthropology classes under the Department of Sociology. Taliaferro Hall, Morrill Hall and Francis Scott Key Hall house all the departments within the College of Arts and Sciences.

1968

Anthropology forms as an independent department under the College of Arts and Sciences. The sociology department offers a program in criminology.

1972

The Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences forms as one of the five academic divisions at the university. This division consists of academic units formerly administered by the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Business and Public Administration. Academic units within the division include: Afro-American studies, Bureau of Business and Economic Research, Bureau of Governmental Research, economics, geography, government and politics, hearing and speech sciences, Institute of Criminal Justice and Criminology, Institute of Urban Studies, linguistics, psychology and sociology.

1973

The Board of Regents approves a proposal for Afro-American Studies to offer a B.A. degree 

 

1974

Dr. Mary Frances Berry (pictured), chair of Afro-American studies and interim chair of the Behavioral and Social Sciences Division, is promoted to provost of the division. The appointment came from Chancellor Charles E. Bishop, vice chancellor for academic planning and policy. In a memo, Chancellor Bishop notes that this appointment gives Dr. Berry the “highest office in academia held by a Black woman.”

 

 

1976

Renowned economics professor and department chair Dudley Dillard is named acting provost of the Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences when Dr. Mary Frances Berry leaves to become chancellor of the University of Colorado at Boulder

1977

Murray Polakoff is named provost of the Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences.

1986

The College of Behavioral & Social Sciences forms when the five academic divisions are reorganized and split into fourteen colleges. The College of Behavioral & Social Sciences includes the departments of: African American studies, anthropology, economics, geography, government and politics, hearing and speech sciences, criminology and criminal justice, psychology, and sociology. Murray Polakoff remains as head, now known as dean, of the College.

1991

Irwin Goldstein becomes dean of the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences.

1993

The Joint Program in Survey Methodology is established in the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences The Baha’i Chair for World Peace is established, which is dedicated to developing and applying material and knowledge in cooperative pursuits of global peace, social and economic justice, and human security.

1994

The College of Behavioral & Social Sciences sponsors College Park Scholars International Studies, one of the four inaugural programs in College Park Scholars, a two-year living and learning program.

1995

The Institute of Criminal Justice and Criminology becomes the Department of Criminology & Criminal Justice.

1997

The Anwar Sadat Chair for Peace and Development is created within the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences. Ezer Weizman, president of Israel, gives the inaugural Anwar Sadat Lecture for Peace.The College of Behavioral and Social Sciences creates the Environmental Science and Policy Program.1998: Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter presents the Anwar Sadat Lecture for Peace.

1999

CIVICUS forms under the College of Behavioral & Social Sciences. In this two-year living and learning program, students actively participate in courses, community service projects and other out-of-classroom experiences. Students explore the themes of citizenship, leadership, community service, scholarship and living in a diverse society.The Summer Research Initiative is established, with a goal of increasing the number of underrepresented minorities who pursue graduate degrees in the social, behavioral and economic sciences. The program brings 10-15 students to campus for six weeks to experience hands-on research and learn about graduate programs at Maryland.The Hearing and Speech Clinic celebrates 50 years of serving the Maryland community and beyond.

2000

Henry Kissinger, former Secretary of State, gives the Anwar Sadat Lecture for Peace.

2001

Nelson Mandela, former president of South Africa, presents the Anwar Sadat Lecture for Peace.

2002

Edward Montgomery is named dean of the College of Behavioral & Social Sciences.Kofi Annan, secretary-general of the United Nations, delivers the Anwar Sadat Lecture for Peace.The Afro-American Studies Program gains departmental status and becomes the Department of African American Studies.Criminology & Criminal Justice Professor and Chair Charles Wellford becomes the only criminologist to be named a lifetime national associate of the National Academy of Sciences.

2004

Mary Robinson, former president of Ireland and UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, gives Anwar Sadat Lecture for Peace.Government & Politics professor James Glass wins the Outstanding Faculty Award from the Maryland Association for Higher Education.

2005

Distinguished University Professor of Economics Thomas Schelling wins the Nobel Prize in Economics.U.S. News & World Report ranks the University of Maryland as #1 in its first-ever ranking of criminology and criminal justice doctoral programs; the program continues to be ranked #1 today.The Department of Homeland Security awards a $12 million grant to establish the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism at the University of Maryland.James Baker, former Secretary of State, delivers the Anwar Sadat Lecture for Peace.

2006

Geography professor Ruth DeFries is elected to the National Academy of Sciences.

2007

Geography professor Ruth Defries wins a MacArthur Foundation "genius" award.

2008

Economics Professor Maureen Cropper is elected to the National Academy of Sciences.Economics Professor Carmen Reinhart is named the country's top-ranked female economist by the University of Connecticut. The University’s Mock Trial Team, led by students from the College of Behavioral & Social Sciences, wins the national championship.

2009

John Townshend is named dean of the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences.John Townshend

2012

The College of Behavioral & Social Sciences renovates and occupies the former Journalism Building and renames it Chincoteague Hall. Chincoteague Hall is awarded LEED Gold status for its environmentally responsible construction and maintenance materials and practices.

2013

The Department of Geographical Sciences partners with NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center to establish the Joint Global Carbon Cycle Center. His Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet, delivers the Anwar Sadat Lecture for Peace.

2014

Professor Wayne McIntosh was named Interim Dean of the College. After a rigorous national search, Dr. Gregory Ball is named the next Dean of the College of Behavioral & Social Sciences, and took office in October.Gregory Ball