In 1960, the OSSHE authorized the creation of a new School of Humanities and Social Sciences replacing the old Lower Division. Degrees could be offered in general social science. Considerable course expansion in economics took place.
In 1966, BA and BS degrees in Economics were authorized by the OSSHE. In that year a separate Department of Geography was created, removing geography courses from the Department of Economics.
Photo: Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial March, 1968. More than 1200 OSU students and faculty and Corvallis citizens marched in memory and honor of Martin Luther King, Jr., several days after his assassination in April 1968. The procession extended from the Memorial Union quadrangle to the Benton County Courthouse. All OSU classes were dismissed from 10 am to noon and all OSU offices (including the Library) were closed during the march. A solemn ceremony on the steps of the Benton County Courthouse included speeches by OSU President James Jensen and OSU faculty and students. [OSU Archives P120:5013a]
In 1988, master's and Ph.D. degrees in Economics were authorized by the OSSHE. A common set of core courses (in microeconomics, macroeconomics, and econometrics) were jointly administered by three departments: Agricultural and Resource Economics, Economics, and Forest Resources. All three departments could offer graduate degrees in economics, but the Department of Economics set the degree requirements. Graduate students could specialize in the "economics of growth and change," an area that gave students the opportunity to specialize in urban-regional-international economic growth, human capital, and industrial organization and technological change. From 1990 to 1993, a number of 600 level courses were added and the number of graduate students in the Department of Economics increased from 2 to 32.