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ARTICLE Issue 017

Message from the Associate Provost

Gary L. Harris, Ph.D
Dr. Gary L. Harris

Dear Reader,

As Howard University celebrates its 150th year anniversary, the Graduate School also celebrates offering master’s and doctoral degree programs for many decades, with its first master’s courses offered in the same year as the university’s founding in 1867.

In 1934, the Howard University Graduate School was organized under Dean Carroll L.L. Miller. After some debate among faculty, the school began offering the Ph.D. degree in the early 1950s, awarding its first Ph.D. degree in Chemistry in 1958. In 1976, Dean Edward W. Hawthorne organized the school into its current structure: the divisions of arts and humanities, biological and life sciences, engineering and physical sciences, and social sciences.

This issue provides a historical overview of the history of the Ph.D. at Howard University, with a glimpse into the debate about whether Howard should offer the doctoral degree. On the occasion of the 150th anniversary and in celebration of a legacy of excellence, we re-examine this history with Paul Hudrlik, Ph.D., Professor of Chemistry and Martin R. Feldman, Ph.D., Professor of Chemistry Emeritus, originally printed in the Graduate School’s Quest Magazine in 2007. We also look at some of the scholars and administrators who paved the way to the Ph.D. degree.

This issue also features a reprint of an article on one of the great sociology icons of the twentieth century, E. Franklin Frazier, as discussed in an interview with Walter Allen, Ph.D., UCLA Professor, who delivered a major lecture in 2007 on the impact of sociology scholar/faculty member E. Franklin Frazier on Howard University and African Americans generally.

We note that the Graduate School’s Honors and Recognition Ceremony was held on May 11, 2017 in Cramton Auditorium. During the celebration, we honored the many years of dedication and commitment of retiring graduate faculty (see We also recognized certificate and master’s degree candidates, as well as 105 doctoral candidates, the largest number in the history of Howard University.

We hope you enjoy this historical perspective of graduate education at Howard University.


Gary L. Harris, Ph.D., P.E.
Associate Provost,
Research and Graduate Studies

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