Encyclopedia of UNCG History

An online resource for exploring the history of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro

From its opening in 1892, UNCG has facilitated studies in accounting and finance. The first course offered was in Bookkeeping, which was taught under the Commercial Department. Students who studied under the Commercial Department would receive a certificate, until 1940 when the department of Business Education and Secretarial Administration added a bachelor’s degree consisting of […]

Edward Jacob Forney (1860-1948) was a leader in public education in North Carolina. He was born near the Catawba-Lincoln county line and educated in the public schools of Newton and at Catawba College.  He became State Superintendent of Public Instruction in Raleigh in 1890 and came to the State Normal and Industrial School (now the […]

The roots of the Joseph M. Bryan School of Business and Economics began in 1892 when the Commercial Department was established as one of the three original departments of the State Normal and Industrial School. In 1918, the Department of Economics and Sociology was founded. In 1919, it was renamed the Department of Sociology and […]

A “Business Department” was among the founding departments at State Normal. This department is described in the institution’s first course catalog: “The business or commercial course, embracing such subjects as Stenography, Typewriting, Telegraphy, and Book-Keeping, is intended especially for those women who are thrown upon their own resources, but who do not care to teach.”  By […]