Material Culture

Students in the Material Culture program work with artefacts with origins from antiquity to the present, as encountered in the museum or everyday life. Students learn a variety of disciplinary and theoretical approaches to objects. They consider objects in their social and cultural life as well as in contexts of preservation, representation, aesthetic and economic use. Students work with artefacts both inside and outside the classroom. Courses in the program feature opportunities for critical discussion and for lab learning, work in archives and collections, and encounters with objects in commercial, everyday and ritual settings. This Minor complements Major programs in such disciplines as East Asian Studies, Near and Middle Eastern Studies, Geography, History, Art, History of Science and Technology, Semiotics, Renaissance Studies and Anthropology. Students may use their Major or Specialist programs as a base for their study of material culture. They can personalize their program in part through pursuing available Internship possibilities.

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