Undergraduate Courses

Welcome, undergraduate students! Below you’ll find a list of the latest course offerings at UD that engage significantly with material culture. If you are interested in learning more about the Material Culture Studies Minor, please contact us at materialculture@udel.edu. Don’t forget to also check out the amazing grant opportunities sponsored by CMCS.


ANTH / HIST / MCST 216 — Introduction to Material Culture Studies
Professor DeCunzo
This course introduces you to the rich potential of the material world to provide insights into American culture. We will explore what material culture scholars from diverse disciplines and backgrounds study, how they study it, why they study it, and what they have learned from it.

ANTH 229 — Indians of North America
Professor Custer
An introductory comparative study of Native American cultures as they existed prior to their disruption by European contact.

ANTH 236 — Anthropology of Sport
Professor Galarza
This class examines the connections between the cultural practices surrounding soccer, the world’s most popular sport, and the political meanings and effects of the game. Soccer offers a lens for studying things like capitalism, power, identity, gender, race, and migration (amongst many other issues). Students will learn how to do ethnographic and archival research, how to critique and analyze data, and how to think critically about the study, meaning, and culture of soccer.

ANTH 265 — High Civilizations of the Americas
Professor Custer
The origin and development of pre-Columbian civilizations in the Gulf Coast lowlands, Central Mexico, Yucatan peninsula and Andean area.

ANTH 324 — Old World Anthropology
Professor Rocek
The course surveys world prehistory, excluding the Americas, from the origins of hominids to the appearance of states.  This survey is used to introduce concepts of biological and cultural evolution, and variation in technological, economic and social complexity. We begin with an introduction to method and theory in archeology, and then proceed chronologically through the sequence of cultural development.

ANTH / MSST 463 — 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.

ARTH 213 — Art of the Northern Renaissance
Professor Domínguez Torres
Covers late medieval devotional images to the art of the early modern cities (1400-1570), especially in the Netherlands and Germany. Special emphasis on Jan van Eyck, Rogier van der Weyden, Albrecht Durer and Pieter Bruegel.

ARTH 399 — Art of the Vote
Professor Hill
With one eye on the 2020 presidential election and the other on the social, cultural, and material histories of voting and the fight for the franchise in America, we will collectively consider the role of art, media, and material culture as these have worked to shape American political life via that civic work of voting, with a focus on the period since 1900. Participants will consider a wide range of cultural materials ranging from historical televised debates and campaign advertisements to editorial cartoons, photojournalism, posters, ballots and ballot boxes, monuments, Hollywood and documentary films, and works of modern and contemporary art, as these have variously engaged with both the often-divisive politics of presidential elections and the wider American struggle for voting rights.

ARTH 413 — Art in the Age of Exploration
Professor Domínguez Torres
Examines a variety of European images and objects produced during the so-called Age of Exploration-the period from mid-fifteenth to the seventeenth century when Europeans navigated around the globe in search of new lands, goods, and trade routes.

ARTH 445 — Maps and Voyages
Professor Rujivacharakul 
Opportunities to study primary research materials in the UD’s Special Collections, especially atlases and maps, 1500s to 1900s.

UAPP 429 — 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.

WOMS 324 — Feminism and Sexualities: Oscar Wilde, Women, and Sexualities
Professor Stetz
Among other goals, this course will introduce students to the world of objects (such as fashion designs) inspired by Oscar Wilde, and it will include a “virtual” visit to the Mark Samuels Lasner Collection at the UD Library, with its extensive holdings of photographs, drawings, presentation copies of books, watercolors, printed ephemera (such as theater programs), and other items related to Wilde and his circle.



ANTH 350 — Dislocation and Heritage (Spring 2020)
Professors Trivedi & DeCunzo

ENGL 338 — Vampires and Dandies: Victorian Popular Fiction and Transatlantic Print Culture (Spring 2020)
Professor Erickson

WOMS 336 — Feminist Cultural Studies: The New Woman in Black and White (Spring 2020)
Professor Stetz

ANTH 424 — Introduction to Archaeological Field Methods: The Archaeology of the Northampton Furnace” (Fall 2019)
Professor  Fracchia

SOCI / MCST 449 — Sociology of Art and Culture (Fall 2019)
Professor Bowler

HIST 268 — American Ethnic Identities (Spring 2019)
Professor Davis

HIST / SGST / WOMS387 — The Queer Twentieth Century (Spring 2019)
Professor Davis

ANTH 103 — Introduction to Prehistoric Archaeology
Professor Custer

ARSC 390 — Civil War Stuff: Writing History Through Objects
Professor Beetham

ART 204 — Media/Design/Culture
Professor Cox

ART215 — Seeing and Being
Professor Cox

ARTH 303 — Art and Religion in the Iberian World
Professor Domínguez Torres

ENGL 110 — Critical Reading and Writing
Professor Wasserman

ENGL 205 — British Writers
Professor Yates

ENGL 347 — Literary Things: Material Culture in American Literature
Professor Brückner

ENGL361-010 — Superheroes, Supervillains, and Sequential Art: Comic Books and Graphic Novels
Professor Wasserman

ENGL 361-011 — Digital Cultures: How To Read the Internet
Professor Wasserman

ENGL 365 — Studies in Literary Genres, Types, & Movements: “Digital Archive Production”
Professor Erickson

HIST 223 — Nature and History
Professor Ott