Encyclopedia of UNCG History

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

In 1917, the United States Congress passed the Smith-Hughes National Vocational Education Act, which, in part, created funding for vocational education in agriculture, home economics, trades and teacher training. This act led directly to the founding of the Department of Home Economics at the State Normal and Industrial College (later the University of North Carolina […]

Naomi Albanese was born in Pennsylvania in 1916 and she served as Dean of the School of Home Economics from 1958 to 1982. Before coming to the Women’s College (now UNCG) in 1958, Albanese served as a high school home economics teacher in Pennsylvania from 1942 to 1950, and the college dietician at Glenville State […]

Courses in interior design were offered as early as the 1930s within the Art Department. Related courses in “home furnishings” were found in the Home Economics Department. It was not until 1975 that a formal degree program in interior design was created and the Department of Housing and Interior Design was established within the School of […]