The University of Chicago empowers scholars and students to ask big questions, cross boundaries, and challenge conventional thinking in virtually every field. From the University's inception, its academic structure broke with the status quo, combining an English-style liberal arts education with a German-style approach to graduate research. This became a model for many leading American universities.
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Established the fields of ecology and sociology. Albion Small, a father of the academic discipline of sociology, helped found the University's Department of Sociology in 1892.
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