You are on page 1of 4

Reasonable Department of Sociology for Colleges and Universities

Author(s): Frank W. Blackman


Source: American Journal of Sociology, Vol. 20, No. 2 (Sep., 1914), pp. 261-263
Published by: The University of Chicago Press
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2763114
Accessed: 20-02-2015 09:56 UTC

Your use of the JSTOR archive indicates your acceptance of the Terms & Conditions of Use, available at
http://www.jstor.org/page/info/about/policies/terms.jsp
JSTOR is a not-for-profit service that helps scholars, researchers, and students discover, use, and build upon a wide range of content
in a trusted digital archive. We use information technology and tools to increase productivity and facilitate new forms of scholarship.
For more information about JSTOR, please contact support@jstor.org.

The University of Chicago Press is collaborating with JSTOR to digitize, preserve and extend access to American Journal of
Sociology.

http://www.jstor.org

This content downloaded from 31.54.86.99 on Fri, 20 Feb 2015 09:56:58 UTC
All use subject to JSTOR Terms and Conditions

REASONABLE DEPARTMENT OF SOCIOLOGY FOR


COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES
FRANK W. BLACKMAN
ofKansas
University

The divisionofsocialsciencesinto departments


in universities
is largelyforpedagogicalreasons. It would be possibleto put
themall underone head withdifferent
linesofwork,suchas economics,sociology,history,
politics,ethics,and anthropology;for
theyhave a correlatedinterestand the coursesof studyin each
could be made to fitinto a generalplan of instruction.But the
trendin recentyearshas been to differentiate
thesemain lines,
and to someextentdivorcethemfromthecloserelationship
which
theirnatureandpurposeimply.
Sociology,thelast ofthesemaindivisionsto be developed,like
theothers,has a centralidea ofits own,yetbearsa closerelationshipto all theothers. Yet sociologyas a distinctdepartment
must
be broad enoughto includemanysubjectsand lines of workin
orderto maintainits independence.If it is to be a social philosophyonly,it couldwellbe placedin the divisionofphilosophy;
if it is to be merelysocialpsychology,
it could be includedin the
departmentof psychology;if merelythe historyof social and
civil government
politicalmovements,
and historycould include
it. Even in thiscase, the centralidea of thegeneralforces,lawsr
and problemsofsocialgeneralization
wouldbe lacking. Assuming
that sociologyhas developeda scientific
purposenot possibleto
obtainunderthepresentorganization
fromtheothersocialsciences,
and thatit canandoughttomaintaina separatepedagogical
department,whatshouldbe thenatureand scopeofits subjects? There
ofopinionin thescopeoftheorganis a chanceforgreatdifference
ized groupofstudiesin thedepartment
of sociology. In theUniis tryingto workout itsposition
versityofKansas thedepartment
in accordancewiththefollowing
plan:
26I

This content downloaded from 31.54.86.99 on Fri, 20 Feb 2015 09:56:58 UTC
All use subject to JSTOR Terms and Conditions

262

THE AMERICAN JOURNALOF SOCIOLOGY


DEPARTMENT OF SOCIOLOGY

I. Bio-sOCILLGROUP
*i. General
Anthropology
*2. General
Ethnology
3. SocialEvolution
4. Criminal
Anthropology
5. Race Problems
*6. Eugenics(graduate)
*7. American
Ethnology
(graduate)
Bio-socialResearch
8. Seminar
II.

PURE OR GENERAL SOCIOLOGY GRoup

*i. Elements
ofSociology

andSocialControl
Socialization
*3. Psychological
Sociology
on Society
Influence
4. Geographical
ofSociological
*5. Development
Theory
ofSociological
Research(graduate)
*6 Seminar
*2.

III.

APPLIED OR SPECIALIZED SOCIOLOGY GROUP

ofAppliedSociology
Principles
RuralSociology
*3. SocialPathology
*4. Remedialand Corrective
Agencies
*5. The Family
*6. Socialism
*7. Contemporary
SocietyofUnitedStates
andEuropeanCharities
*8. American
(graduate)
ofSocialResearch(graduate)
*9. Seminar
*I.

*2.

IV. SOCIAL TECHNOLOGY AND SOCIAL ENGINEERING (carried by advanced

studentsand instructors)
*i. PreparationforSocial Service(graduate)
*2. State Work in Connectionwith the Conferenceof Charitiesand
Correction
*3. State Workin ConnectionwithState Board of Health
*4. State Workin Relationto the Board of Control
*5 Field Workin Relationto Penal and Reformatory
Practice
*6. Field Workin Social Surveysof Rural and Urban Communities
7. MunicipalEngineering

* Coursealreadygivenin theUniversity
of Kansas or fieldworkalreadydone.

While the generalschemewill be subjectedto few changes,


someof thedetailswouldbe greatlymodified
as theopportunities
increase. The coursesof studymarkedwitha
fordevelopment

This content downloaded from 31.54.86.99 on Fri, 20 Feb 2015 09:56:58 UTC
All use subject to JSTOR Terms and Conditions

REASONABLE DEPARTMENT

OF SOCIOLOGY

263

starare theoneswhichhave alreadybeengivenin theUniversity


of Kansas, and all othersubjectsthat have been scheduledhave
beentreatedto a greaterorlessextentin a partialmanner. When
changeswillbe madein some
the forceofinstructors
is sufficient,
ofthesubjects.
titleswhichwillpermita closerclassification
The wholeaim is to groundsociologyin generalutilityand
forsocial efficiency.It is the
socialservice. It is a preparation
to emphasizethe fourthmaindivision
purposeof the department
by enlargingstate service. In developingits state servicethe
socialconditions
and directsocialmovements
purposeis to reform
system. County,city,township,and rural
by a well-organized
surveysare beingcarriedon now,and a plan forthesurveyofthe
thewhole
nextyear. By organizing
wholestatewillbe undertaken
to conductits own surveyunderthe directionof the
community
is developed
a social consciousness
instructors
in the department,
forefficient
work. Such
and a permanent
organization
established
a plan has itsowndifficulties
butit discountstheworkofthesocial
revivalist.

This content downloaded from 31.54.86.99 on Fri, 20 Feb 2015 09:56:58 UTC
All use subject to JSTOR Terms and Conditions