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  • Department of Human Development and Family Studies

    In 1920, the first courses related to child and family development at UNCG were introduced by Dean Blanche Shaffer, who lead the School of Home Economics. A concentration in Child Development was established in the School of Home Economics in 1934. In 1936, it was renamed the Home Relationships and … Continued

  • Department of Business Administration

    In 1962, the Department of Economics and Business Administration was established at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Over the next decades, the department would see several different name changes and occasionally merge with other departments. In 2012, the department merged with the newly created Department of Management which … Continued

  • Department of Management

    In 1971, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro established the Department of Business Administration and Management Science, located within the Bryan School of Business and Economics. Over the next several decades, the department would change names and occasionally merge with other departments. In 2012, the Department of Management was … Continued

  • Educational Leadership and Cultural Foundations

    The Department of Educational Leadership and Cultural Foundations was established in 1991. The department is concerned with issues of educational theory and philosophy, sociocultural analysis, educational leadership and school organization, educational policy, and critical pedagogy. The faculty members share a sociopolitical perspective that undergirds their scholarship, teaching, and service. The … Continued

  • Department of Community and Therapeutic Recreation

    UNCG’s School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation was established in 1963. During the 1974-1975 academic year, authorization was granted to establish an autonomous Recreation Division. The name of the Recreation Division was officially changed to the Recreation and Leisure Studies Division in the 1981-1982 academic year. At the beginning … Continued

  • Department of Physics and Astronomy

    Since its opening in 1892, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro has taught a variety of science course including physics and astronomy through its Department of Science. In 1900, the Department of Chemistry and Physics was established and a year later was split to form a sperate Department of … Continued

  • Freshman Seminar Program

    The Freshman Seminar Program at UNCG began in 1989 and is comprised of a series of courses only offered for freshman students. The seminars are small discussion classes taught by faculty selected for their commitment and interest in undergraduate teaching. The seminars have no prerequisites and do not presume any … Continued

  • William Raymond Taylor

    William Raymond Taylor was an English professor at the Woman’s College (later the University of North Carolina at Greensboro) from 1921 to 1961, but he is better known for being the founder of the University’s Drama and Speech Department. UNCG’s Taylor Theater is named in his honor. A native of … Continued

  • Fred Chappell

    Fred Chappell (1936–) was an English professor at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG) from 1964 to his retirement in 2004. He helped establish the MFA in writing program at UNCG. In 1986, Chappell received the O. Max Gardner Award, the highest honor the UNC system can bestow … Continued