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and from 40 to 405 in the number of registrations; in chemistry the
faculty increased from one to four, and the registrations from 118 to
420; in physics the faculty increased from one to two and the
registrations from 75 to 109. Part of this increase, but only part, was
accounted for by the fact that training in these subjects was
indispensable for admission to the School of Medicine.
In English the increase in registrations was not so marked since Dr.
Sledd's elective courses had always been popular with the students,
but there had been an increase in faculty members from one to three
and two teaching fellows, while the increase in registrations was from
240 to 380.
In the social sciences the number of professors had increased from
one to four, and of registrations from 281 to 387. The increase was
smaller than might have been expected since from the time he took
charge of the department in 1897 till he left in 1916 Dr. Sikes's
courses had been very attractive to students.
In the Bible the number of professors had increased from one to
two, and registrations from 56 to 310; part of this large increase was
due to the fact that the ban which the trustees in 1898 put on making
Bible a required study had been removed, and beginning with 1923-
24 one year of Bible was required of all students. In addition a greater
number of courses in that department was prescribed for students
taking the "Ministry" group of studies leading to the Bachelor of Arts
degree, and Dr. J. W. Lynch, the added professor, offered courses that
were freely elected and very popular.
In Education there had been no increase in the teaching force, but
the registrations had increased from 27 to 131.
In mathematics, a prescribed subject, the increase in faculty was
from two to three, and in registrations from 209 to 260, the smallness
of the increase indicating a falling off in interest in advanced courses
in the subject.
In the ancient languages Latin failed to maintain its place, but this
was owing to causes beyond the control of the College, being
primarily due to the merciless war waged on the study of