A new introductory course, “Contemporary Society,” a study of certain social problems using the materials and methods of economics, sociology, anthropology and political science, was offered to freshmen.  The four collaborating instructors held weekly staff meetings to plan and present the common class presentations.

A very popular course, enrolling as many as 100 students, it was extended to include sophomores and, in 1949, made a part of the regular curriculum.

The study of Portuguese was also introduced, to address growing student interest in Latin America, particularly Brazil.