Graduate Courses

Below you’ll find a list of the latest graduate course offerings at UD that engage significantly with material culture. Don’t forget to also check out the amazing grant opportunities sponsored by CMCS.


ENGL / HIST / MSST / MCST 647 — Archives Theory: From Manuscripts to Metaphors
Professor Helton
Colonial archives, curio cabinets, slave ledgers, ephemera: once understood primarily as sources, archival objects are now subjects of inquiry in their own right. In this course we will trace the “archival turn” in the humanities while immersing ourselves in collections at a range of cultural institutions. Through readings in theory and practice, we will consider how interpretations of the archive in one field reframe archival questions in another. With funding from the Interdisciplinary Humanities Research Center, we will engage with visiting speakers and make site visits to regional collections—from pop-up museums to records offices to photography morgues. Along the way, we will ask: How do archives inflect our inquiries and imaginaries? What gets saved, what gets lost, and why? What are the ethics and constraints of archival research? How can we work both along and against the archival grain? This cross-disciplinary seminar is designed for graduate students from across the humanities engaged in traditional research projects as well as those interested in public humanities and museum work. Each student will design an individual project tailored to their scholarly interests and career goals, as well as participate in a collaborative field survey focused on African American collections in the region. 

ANTH / MSST 663 — Historical Archaeology and the Public
Professor DeCunzo
This course examines historical archaeology in the public arenas of cultural resource management, museum and historic site interpretation, and community history.  The seminar addresses issues of archaeological philosophy, practice, and pedagogy through readings, discussion, and projects in public archaeology.  It prepares you to engage the academic-public discourse relating to the construction, dissemination, and contesting of archaeological knowledge.  To accomplish this, we address the range of issues facing public archaeology, from the values and challenges of critical scholarship to the logistics of using historical archaeology for public advocacy.

UAPP 629 — Historic Preservation Theory and Practice
Professors Morrissey & Reedy 
Analysis of the theory underlying historic preservation in the United States and globally, including its history and evolution over time. Examines the impact of preservation laws and public policies, and the strategies and regulations for identifying significant structures, sites, and cultural heritage worthy of preservation.



MCST / ENGL / HIST / ARTH / EAMC 610 — Introduction to Theories of Material Culture Studies (Spring 2020)
Professors Wasserman & Anishanslin

EAMC 609 — Pre-Industrial Craftsmanship (Spring 2020)
Professor Mohun

EAMC 667-012 — Introduction to Public & Digital Humanities (Spring 2020)
Professor Guiler

EAMC 667-015 — Exhibition and Interpretation of Material Culture (Spring 2020)
Professor Roeber

UAPP 627-194 — World Heritage Sites (Spring 2020)
Professor Reedy

UAPP 630-010 — Methods in Historic Preservation (Spring 2020)
Professor Morrissey

Honors E110 — Prized Possessions: Collections and Identity (Spring 2019)
Professor Wasserman

ENGL 874 —  The Power of Objects in Early American Literature, 1700-1900  (Spring 2019)
Professor Brückner

GEOG 630 — Food Geographies and Food Justice (Spring 2019)
Professor Naylor

ARTH 667 — Diplomatic Things: Art & Architecture in Global Contexts (Fall 2018)
Professors Okoye & Horton

ENGL / HIST / ARTH 667 — The Black Atlantic and the Archive (Fall 2018)
Professor Helton

ENGL 684 — Introduction to Literary Theory (Fall 2018)
Professor Wasserman

ARTH 617 — Invention in the Age of Vermeer
Professor Chapman

ARTH 635-010 — Material and Visual Culture of Slavery
Professor Van Horn

ARTH 667 — Eurasia and the Problems of Style
Professor Rujivacharakul

ARTH 667 — The Orient and its Representation
Professor Rujivacharakul

EAMC 601 — Introduction to Decorative Arts (Summer Institute)
Professor Guiler

EAMC 602 — Material Life in America
Professor Roeber

EAMC 606 — Cities on a Hill: Material Culture in America’s Communal Utopias
Professor Guiler

EAMC 667-011 — The City in Material Culture
Professor Roeber 

ENGL 639 — Material Losses: Psychoanalysis and Material Culture in the Contemporary American Novel
Professor Wasserman

HIST 605 — Historiography of Material Culture
Professor Grier

MSST 610 — Exhibitions
Professor Ott

MSST / BAMS 667 — Curating Hidden Collections & the Black Archive
Professor McGee

UAPP 631 — Documentation of Historic Structures 
Professor Morrissey