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Odum teaches a classroom, circa 1920

#Throwback: Happy 100 years, sociology

Sociology marks its centennial birthday this year. Learn more about the department at

In this photo from the 1930s, Howard Odum is in the Regionalism Lab in the Alumni Building. In 1920, Odum was hired to lead the new department of sociology and the School of Public Welfare (later called the School of Social Work). Do you have memories of your time in sociology? Email us your stories at; we’ll share our favorites on College social media. (Photo courtesy of the Southern Historical Collection.)