Programs of Study

    There were 18 academic departments that were divided into four groups of study, from which juniors and seniors choose their major and minor.  This allowed students to choose a broad area of study and then narrow it to a more specific topic.

              Group 1: English, French, German, Greek, Latin, Spanish.
              Group 2: Economics, History, Political Science, Sociology.
              Group 3: Bible, Education, Philosophy, Psychology.
              Group 4: Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics.

        Any courses numbered above twenty counted towards a student's major or minor.  Majors and minors could be taken from the same group, but not the same department.  Once a major was decided a faculty member was selected by the student with the advise of the dean to serve as an adviser for work in upper divisions.
        Electives were chosen in April with consent of the dean.  These class deans acted as advisers to the students.  The deans during the 1933-1934 academic year were: Montgomery Porter Sellers (dean of college), Ernest Albert Vuilleumier (acting dean of college because Sellers was abroad during the year), Lewis Guy Rohrbaugh (acting dean of freshman class), William Weidman Landis (dean of sophomore class), Wilbur Harrington Norcross (dean of junior class), and Cornelius William Prettyman (dean of senior class).  The main problem with this arrangement was that there were too many students for each dean which made it hard to attend to all the students' needs.  Deans also did not have any clerical assistance and were forced to make things such as grade reports and averages unassisted.
        Adjustments to student's schedules were allowed before the semester began, however, once the semester commenced, changes could be made only with the consent of the faculty.  Additional electives were allowed as long as they didn't interfere with regular work.  Also, if a student had failed a course the previous semester the student was required to take the course again and the previously failed course took priority over all other work.

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Departments and Courses of Instruction

        The number next to the course indicates its level and when it is taught.  Courses with odd numbers are taught during the first semester while those with even numbers are taught during the second semester.  Courses numbered between 1-9 are intended for freshmen, while courses numbered between 10-19 are intended for sophomores.  Those numbered above 20 are acceptable towards majors and minors and are usually taken by juniors and seniors.  A hyphen between two numbers indicates that the course was taught throughout the entire year, while a comma indicates that a course was taught during two separate semesters. A "L" next to a course's number delineates it as a laboratory course.

      Art, History of

Professor William Weidman Landis

31-32. Studies the development of architecture and painting from the time of Giotto to 1934


Associate Professor Chester Warren Quimby

21 The Life of Christ
22 The Pentateuch
27 The Life of Paul
28 The Social Teaching of Jesus
41 The Hebrew Prophets
60 The Transmission of the Bible


Professor Milton Walker Eddy
Mr. Elmer Charles Herber

21-22 General Biology
21-22 Botany
23-24 General Zoology
23-24L Zoology
34 Bacteriology
41-42 Histology and Histological Technique
51 Genetics
54 Systematic Botany
81-82 Special Problems


Professor Ernest Albert Vuilleumier
Associate Professor Horace Elton Rogers

11-12 General Inorganic Chemistry
11-12L General Inorganic Chemistry
25-26 Qualitative Analysis and Elementary Physical Chemistry
25-26L Qualitative Analysis
51-52 Organic Chemistry
51-52L Organic Chemistry
61-62 Courses in Quantitative Analysis in Several Branches
81-82 Physical Chemistry


Professor Clarence Johnson Carver
Russell Irvin Thompson

30 or 31 Principles of Education (Carver, Thompson)
32 or 33 Methods of Education (Carver)
34 or 35 History of Education (Thompson)
41 Educational Psychology (Thompson)
42 Educational Measurements (Thompson)
81 or 82 Supervised Practice Teaching (Carver)
83 or 84 Educational and Vocational Guidance (Carver)


Professor Montgomery Porter Sellers
Professor Paul Herbert Doney
Associate Professor Josephine Brunyate Meredith
Associate Professor George Robert Stephens
Mr. Ralph Schecter

1-2 Rhetoric and Composition (Schecter, Sellers)
3-4 Survey of English Literature (Meredith)
5-6 Elementary Literary Criticism (Doney)
11-12 The Appreciation of Literature (Doney, Stephens)
25,26 Composition (Stephens)
56 Emerson and the Concord Circle (Doney)
66 The Fundamentals of Language Structure (Meredith)
81-82 Advanced Composition (Doney, Stephens)
91-92 Literary Criticism (Doney)

German Language and Literature

Professor Cornelius William Prettyman
Associate Professor C.R. Walther Thomas
Associate Professor Albert Horwell Gerberich

1-2 Elementary Course (Prettyman, Thomas, Gerberich)
11-12 Intermediate Course (Prettyman, Thomas, Gerberich)
33-34 Cultural History of the German and Scandinavian Peoples (Thomas)
31-32 Scientific German (Thomas)
35 German Poetry (Thomas)
41-42 Conversation and Composition (Prettyman)
51 History of Literature from Ulifilas to Klopstock (Prettyman, Thomas)
52 Lessing, Schiller, and Goethe (Prettyman, Thomas)
61 The Romantic Movement in Germany (Gerberich)
62 The Nineteenth Century (Gerberich)
80 The Modern Drama (Prettyman)
81-82 Advanced Conversation and Composition (Prettyman)

Greek Language and Literature

Professor Herbert Wing, Jr.
Professor Forrest Eugene Craver

1-2 First Year Greek (Craver)
23-24 Second Year Greek (Wing)
31-32 Greek Literature Survey (Wing)
81,82 Special Authors (Wing)


Professor Leon Cushing Prince
Professor Herbert Wing, Jr.
Associate Professor Mulford Stough
Mr. Robert Levere Brunhouse

1-2 Ancient History, General Introduction (Wing)
3-4 Medieval History, General Introduction (Wing)
27 American History, 1750-1829 (Stough)
28 American History, 1829-1877 (Stough)
31-32 Civilization in Europe (Prince)
43 American Colonial History, 1492-1750 (Brunhouse)
44 European History (Brunhouse)
52 American History (Prince)
53 Hellenistic History (Wing)

Latin Language and Literature

Professor Arthur Vaughan Bishop

5-6 Intermediate Latin
11-12 Roman Historians
21-22 Survey of Latin Literature
33-34 Prose Composition
41 Virgil
42 Roman Satire
43 Elegiac Poetry
44 Tacitus and Pliny


Professor William Weidman Landis
Professor Forrest Eugene Craver
Mr. Frank Ayres, Jr.

1 or 2 Algebra
4 Plane Trigonometry
6 Spherical Trigonometry
8 The Mathematical Theory of Investment (Craver, Ayres)
31-32 Analytic Geometry (Landis)
33 Calculus
34 Differential Equations
51-52 Projective Geometry
61-62 Analytic Geometry of Three Dimensions
70 History and Teaching of Mathematics (Landis)


Mr. Ralph Schecter

History and Appreciation of Music

Philosophy and Religion

Professor Lewis Guy Rohrbaugh

21 or 22 Introduction to Philosophy
25 History of Religion
26 History of Christianity
41 Ancient and Medieval Philosophy
42 Modern Philosophy


Associate Professor Wellington Parlin

11-12 Elements of Physics
31-32 Electricity
31-32L Electric Measurements


Professor Wilbur Harrington Norcross
Associate Professor Russell Irvin Thompson

21 or 22 Brief Introduction to General Psychology
31-32 Psychological Laboratory
61-62 Systematic Psychology

        Romance Languages and Literature

Professor Francis A. Waterhouse
Associate Professor John C. M. Grimm
Associate Professor Mary Buckley Taintor
Associate Professor Albert Horwell Gerberich

1-2 Elementary French (Grimm, Taintor)
11-12 Intermediate French (Waterhouse, Grimm, Taintor)
13-14 Intermediate French (Waterhouse, Grimm, Taintor)
31-32 Advanced French (Waterhouse, Grimm, Tainotr)
41-42 Advanced French Composition (Waterhouse)
51-52 French Literature of the Eighteenth Century (Waterhouse)
63-64 French Literature of the Seventeenth Century (Grimm)

11-12 Elementary Spanish (Gerberich, Grimm)
21-22 Intermediate Spanish (Gerberich)
31-32 Advanced Spanish (Gerberich)


Professor Patterson

21 or 22 Brief Course in Sociology
26 Social Planning
31-32 Principles of Sociology
47 Social Economy
48 Social Legislation
61 The Family
83 Sociological View of Morals
84 The Place of Church in Society
91, 92 Special Problems


Associate Professor Cornelius Winfield Fink

23 American Economic Life
27 Insurance
35-36 Principles of Economics
93, 94 Research

Political Science

Associate Professor Cornelius Winfield Fink

24 Studies in Government
33 Our Federal Government
95, 96 Research

    Additional Courses that count towards major or minor:
         48 Social Legislation (Sociology)
            35-36 International Law (History- to be given 1935-1936)
            81-82 Diplomatic History of the United States, 1778 to Date (History- to be given 1934-1935)
            52 Economic Aspects of Our Foreign Policy (Economics- to be given 1935-1936)

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Class of 1934     Chronicles

Dickinson College

Dickinson 1934 is a project of Prof. Osborne's History 204 Class, Fall Semester 2000.