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University of Edinburgh, Faculty of Arts (university faculty)

 Organization

The Faculty of Arts was constituted in 1708 with six professors. This system of teaching replaced the 'Regent system' where a single teacher conducted a class through the whole curriculum. Now, there were Professors each taking a particular subject. The subjects in the Arts Faculty were Latin, Greek, mathematics, logic, moral philosophy, natural philosophy and English literature. The teaching of rhetoric was added in 1762.
On 15th April 1777, the minutes for the first meeting of the Faculty of Arts state that "for the future, The Faculty of Arts shall keep their own Minutes of Records as a Branch of the University". Other Chairs were created as follow: Astronomy (1786); Agriculture (1790); Engineering (1868); Geology (1871); Sanskrit (1862); Political Economy (1871); Education (1876); Fine Art (1880); Celtic (1882).
In 1816, an Ordinance provided for graduation with Honours. A student completeing an Ordinary Degree could offer himself for a further or Honours examination in one of four departments: Classical Literature, Mental Philosophy, Mathematics, or Natural Science. This last option was new and included Chemistry, Geology, Zoology and Botany.
The Faculty of Science was constituted in 1893, and the Arts Faculty was reconstituted with fifteen Chairs including History which was then about to be founded.

Found in 3 Collections and/or Records:

Faculty of Arts, 1777-2002

 Sub-subfonds — Box: EUA-A-38 - 41
Identifier: EUA IN1/ACA/ART
Scope and Contents Minutes, 1777-2002 Boards of Studies, 1892-1964 Unsorted material The followimng material has yet to be sorted and numbered.Box: George Square, new buildings (Block D, Block F), 2 files,1960s Linguistics laboratory, 1 file, 1961-62 Constitution and...

Faculty of Science and Engineering, 1865-1996

 Sub-subfonds
Identifier: EUA IN1/ACA/SCI
Scope and Contents
  1. Minutes of the Science Degrees Committee and Faculty of Science (1865-1996)
  2. Correspondence about examinations (1864-1945)

File Series 'A', 1833-1987

 Series — Container: EUA IN1/ADS/SEC/A (multiple box files)
Identifier: EUA IN1/ADS/SEC/A
Scope and Contents Files in 13 subseries: Faculty of Arts (1872-1977) Bequests (1912-1987) Faculty of Divinity (1927-1984) Faculty of Law (1919-1958) Lectures (1885-1965) Faculty of Medicine (1833-1971) Miscellaneous (1884-1981) Faculty of Music (1891-1954) Faculty of Science (1907-1956) ...