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Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. College of Human Resources (1982-1996)



  • Usage: 1982 - 1996

Historical Note

Courses in Home Economics have been offered since 1921 and the Department of Home Economics began in 1924. The department was suspended in 1933 due to economic conditions, but reinstated in 1937. Until 1951, the General Assembly required students pursuing a degree in home economics to attend Radford College (VPI's Women's Division) for their first two years. In 1958, the Board of Visitors authorized establishment of a separate school of home economics at Virginia Tech, followed by the combining of the programs at Tech and Radford College under one dean. When the merger between Tech and Radford was abolished in 1964, Tech's school became the College of Home Economics. In order to convey the broader scope of the College's offerings, the Board of Visitors approved a name change to College of Human Resources on 22 March 1982. In 1996, the College of Human Resources and the College of Education merged to form the College of Human Resources and Education. In 2002, that became the College of Human Sciences and Education. This college was then integrated, as several schools and departments, into the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, established from the College of Arts and Sciences, in 2003.