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Material Culture 

Material culture is a term used to describe the objects produced by human beings and refers to the physical objects, resources, and spaces that people use to define their culture.  

We require that you take two introductory courses in Material Culture for the major and at least 4 other upper division courses.  Courses should be selected from offerings from Art History, Anthropology, Material Culture Studies or a number of other departments, as long as the courses are focused on material culture as opposed to non-material culture*.  

It is highly recommended that students interested in conservation graduate school double major in either Art History or Anthropology.  

If you are instead interested in museum studies, curation, material culture or public history graduate studies, then you might consider a history major or minor.

If you are interested in historic preservation, which focuses on preservation of the built environment, then take a course or two from the Historic Preservation Program.

Typical Introductory Courses include:

ARTH 153/154 Art History Surveys

ANTH 103, 104 Intro to Biological Anthropology and Archaeology

ANTH 105 Intro to Historical Archaeology

Related Minors

Material Culture Studies Minor

Art History Major 

Art History Minor

Anthropology Major

Anthropology Minor

History Major

History Minor​​

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  • The Department of Art Conservation
  • 303 Old College
  • University of Delaware
  • Newark, DE 19716, USA
  • Phone: 302-831-3489