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 planning to apply to art conservation graduate schools double major in either art history or anthropology.
If you wish to pursue 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, take a
course or two from UD’s Center
for Historic Architecture & Design.
historic preservation courses include:
ARTH 153/154 Art
ANTH 103, 104 Intro
to Biological Anthropology and Archaeology
ANTH 105 Intro to
Related Majors and Minors
Material Culture Studies Minor
Art History Major
Art History Minor