1900 Liberty Hyde Bailey, then-dean of the College of Agriculture, hires Martha Van Rensselaer to develop a home economics curriculum to meet the needs of the women of New York State. Van Rensselaer integrates newly emerging scientific knowledge with accessible learning opportunities for women and their families.
1903 Cornell University begins to offer for credit, courses relating to home and family life.
1907 The College of Agriculture establishes the Department of Home Economics.
1911 Martha Van Rensselaer and her colleague, Flora Rose, are named Cornell's first full-time women professors.
1919 The School of Home Economics is established.
1925 The New York State legislature passes a bill creating the New York State College of Home Economics.
1933 The College of Home Economics moves into the newly dedicated Martha Van Rensselaer Hall.
1936 Flemmie Kittrell became the first African-American woman in the U.S. awarded a PhD in nutrition.
1957 The Sloan Program in Health Administration, first program of its kind, endowed by Alfred P. Sloan.
1965 National Head Start program founded, based largely on the research of human development professor Urie Bronfenbrenner.
1969 Renamed the New York State College of Human Ecology to highlight interdisciplinary exploration of the human experience.
1975 Family Life Development Center established. 1993 Bronfenbrenner Life Course Center created
2000 The College celebrates its Centennial with a series of events and the slogan "Value Our Past, Create Our Future!"
2002 West Addition of Martha Van Rensselaer Hall is opened, featuring a human metabolic research unit, state-of-the-art CAD labs, distance learning classrooms, and lecture halls.
2005 Frances A. Johnston & Charlotte M. Young Human Metabolic Research Unit opened
2007 Exchange program with Hong Kong Polytechnic University launched
2011 Bronfenbrenner Center for Translational Research opens
2011 State-of-the-art Human Ecology Building opens
Home Economics as an academic discipline was a primary force in advancing women scholastically and in the professions. If you are interested in learning more, please visit the Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections in Kroch Library and these exceptional on-line exhibits: