242 THE HISTORY OF WAKE FOREST COLLEGE
continue language study at Wake Forest. Still another student op-
portunity was the initiation of an exchange program with the Uni-
versity of the Andes in Bogota, Colombia, in 1964. Annually one
Wake Forest student was chosen to study in Bogota, with a Colom-
bian student coming to Wake Forest under a scholarship arrangement.
Once a minor appendage of the college academic program, modern
languages became an integral part of the college's academic life.
Sociology and Anthropology
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The study of sociology as a separate discipline at Wake Forest grew
out of a limited number of courses offered earlier within the
departments of social science and religion. Carlton P. West, who had
joined the social science faculty in 1928 and whose principal interest
was history, offered such courses as The Great Society (1928-31),
General Sociology (1932-40), and The Structure of Society and
Modern Social Problems (1941-46). Concurrently the courses,
Marriage and the Family, along with Christianity and Society, were
being offered in the Religion Department, first under the direction of
Dr. Olin T Binkley and later under Dr. Sankey L. Blanton.
When West left the Social Science Department in 1946 to become
college librarian, Chairman C. C. Pearson retained Dr. Clarence H.
Patrick, then professor of sociology at Meredith College, to teach the
social structure course in the fall term of 1946 and the problems
course in the spring of 1947. For these courses Patrick commuted
from Raleigh two days a week while continuing his duties at Mer-
edith. In the summer of 1947 Dr. Patrick was elected to the Wake
Forest faculty with the understanding that he would develop a De-
partment of Sociology. He was promised a special allocation of five
hundred dollars annually over a period of five years to build up
library holdings in sociology. At the time this was considered a gen-
erous sum, because the book and periodical budget for the entire
college was only $5,025.
Patrick was a 1931 graduate of Wake Forest who had studied the-
ology at Andover-Newton and subsequently earned his doctorate in
sociology at Duke University. He was regarded as an expert in
criminology and was to render valuable service to the state of North
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