Course Requirements

Hampton Court
EAMC 607, English Design History: Field study of Hampton Court Palace, Addition designed by Christopher Wren, Hampton Court, England, 1689.

Since its inception, the Winterthur Program has taken an interdisciplinary approach to the study of material culture. The Program requires 42 credit hours of coursework at the 600 to 800 levels.

The 42 credit hours include 24 credits of core courses and 18 hours of other courses approved by the Program’s Director. The core courses in Connoisseurship teach Fellows how to look at objects. Other core courses expand upon the object-centered methodology of the connoisseurship courses. All Fellows take Material Life in America in the fall semester of their first year. During this course, they work with collection objects, primary documents, and important theoretical and secondary literature. In January of the first year, they study English Design History, to help connect the broad currents of American design with English and European foundations. The capstone experience is the master’s thesis.

As part of their elective coursework, Fellows must also fulfill a Distribution Requirement of two graduate seminars (6 credits total) in different academic disciplines at the University of Delaware, generally in the Departments of Art History, English, or History. With permission of the Director, Fellows may also take courses in other disciplines. Finally, Fellows also select 4 elective courses based on their career and intellectual goals. Download pdf of Required and Elective Course Requirements

Required Core Courses

  • EAMC 601, Introduction to Decorative Arts in America to 1860 (Summer Institute)* (3cr)
  • EAMC 602, Material Life in America (3cr)
  • EAMC 607, English Design History, 1530-1930** (3cr)
  • EAMC 671, Connoisseurship I (3cr)
  • EAMC 672, Connoisseurship II (3cr)
  • EAMC 673, Connoisseurship III (3cr)
  • EAMC 869, Thesis Research (6cr)
  • * Registered in the Fall Semester
  • ** Registered in the Spring Semester

 

Elective Courses

Please note that the courses listed below as elective courses are those with permanent numbers. Many of these courses vary according to a Professor’s field of specialty. University Faculty and staff also offer a number of experimental courses that have not yet attained permanent numbers. In general, the range of courses available for selection is much larger than the list below, but will vary by semester.

The Director’s office attempts to project course offerings at least a year ahead. We cannot guaranty, however, that all courses will be offered during a student’s two years of study as faculty go on sabbatical or research leave or the course schedule may conflict with a required course. Finally, course offerings are subject to change as faculty members retire or new ones are hired. For the most up-to-date information on current courses, students are urged to consult the University’s online course catalog.

During the past 10 years, Culture Fellows have taken the following elective courses:

Anthropology

  • ANTH 463/663, Historic Archaeology and the Public (3cr)

 

Art History

  • ARTH 611, Renaissance Villa and Gardens 1400-1600 (3cr)
  • ARTH 614, Studies in Italian Renaissance Architecture (3cr)
  • ARTH 617, Studies in Northern Baroque Art (3cr)
  • ARTH 624, Folk and Outsider Art (3cr)
  • ARTH 627, Studies in the History of Photography (3cr)
  • ARTH 629, Modern Architecture: Monuments, Memory & Material Culture (3cr)
  • ARTH 631, Studies in American Architecture of the Colonial and Federal Periods (3cr)
  • ARTH 633, Studies in Nineteenth Century American Architecture (3cr)
  • ARTH 635, American Art: Methods and Historiography (3cr)
  • ARTH 635, American Art to 1865: Colonial Art Across N. America (3cr)
  • ARTH 635, American Art to 1865: The Peales of Philadelphia (3cr)
  • ARTH 635, American Art to 1865: Revolutionary Visualities (3cr)
  • ARTH 636, American Art: 1875-Present (3cr)
  • ARTH 667, Writing Material Culture (3cr)

 

Center for Historic Architecture and Design

  • UAPP 629, Theory and Practice of Historic Preservation (3cr)
  • UAPP 630, Methods in Historic Preservation (4cr)
  • UAPP 631, Documenting Historic Structures (2cr)
  • UAPP 635, The Evolution of the American Urban Landscape (3cr)
  • UAPP 643, Historic Roadside Architecture (3cr)
  • UAPP 654, Vernacular Architecture (3cr)
  • UAPP 720, Introduction to Architectural Photography (1cr)

 

English

  • ENGL 641, American Literature: Period Studies (3cr)
  • ENGL 820, 18th Century Literature “Enlightenment After Dark” (3cr)
  • ENGL 830, American Book Culture, 1773-1972 (3cr)
  • ENGL 844, The Literature and Politics of the American Revolution (3cr)
  • ENGL 844, Revolution and Empire in Early United States (3cr)
  • ENGL 846, Victorian Bibliography and Books (3cr)
  • ENGL 850, Studies in Colonial American Literature (3cr)
  • ENGL 852, Seminar: American Realism and Naturalism (3cr)

 

History

  • HIST 602, European Historiography (3cr)
  • HIST 603, Historiography of Technology (3cr)
  • HIST 606, Issues in American Material Culture: Victorian America (3cr)
  • HIST 606, Issues in American Material Culture: Cooking, Eating, & Drinking in America, 1750-1950 (3cr)
  • HIST 607, Readings in American Material Life (3cr)
  • HIST 611, American History: The Early Republic (3cr)
  • HIST 611, American Religion & Society, 1600-1860 (3cr)
  • HIST 611, American History: Business and Society in Modern America (3cr)
  • HIST 611, The American West (3cr)
  • HIST 617, Seminar in Gender and Women’s History (3cr)
  • HIST 620, The Invasion of America (3cr)
  • HIST 621, Seminar on American Society and Culture Before the Revolution (3cr)
  • HIST 623, Age of the American Revolution (3cr)
  • HIST 625, American Social and Cultural History: 1790-1860 (3cr)
  • HIST 627, Antebellum History (3cr)
  • HIST 629, United States Social and Cultural History: 1850-1929 (3cr)
  • HIST 646, Creating European Modernity (3cr)
  • HIST 674, Studies in British History (3cr)
  • HIST 667, American Vernacular Landscapes (3cr)
  • HIST 667, Atlantic World (3cr)
  • HIST 667, Technology in American Culture (3cr)
  • HIST 667, Cultures of Consumption (3cr)
  • HIST 803, Research and Writing Seminar: America to 1860 (3cr)
  • HIST 805, Research and Writing Seminar: America 1860-Present (3cr)

 

Museum Studies Program

  • MSST 600, Introduction to Museums: History and Professional Practice (3cr)
  • MSST 601, Curatorship and Collections Management (3cr)
  • MSST 602, Curatorship and Management of Archives and Paper (3cr)
  • MSST 603, Museums and Modern Technology (3cr)
  • MSST 605, Historic Properties (3cr)
  • MSST 607, Museum Education and Interpretation (3cr)
  • MSST 608, Public History: Resources, Research and Practice (3cr)
  • MSST 804, Museum Internship (3cr)
  • MSST 807, Museum Curatorship: Temporary and Economical Exhibits (3cr)

 

Urban Affairs

  • UAPP 609, Financial Statement Analysis for Nonprofits (1cr)
  • UAPP 644, Grantsmanship and Proposal Writing (1cr)
  • UAPP 652, GIS in Public Policy (1cr)

 

Winterthur Program in American Material Culture

  • EAMC 604, American Interiors, 1800-1900 (3cr)
  • EAMC 606, Issues in American Material Culture (3cr)
  • EAMC 608, Decorative Arts and Design, 1860-Present (3cr)
  • EAMC 609, Craftsmanship in Early America (3cr)
  • EAMC 666, Special Topics (3cr)
  • EAMC 667, Museum Exhibitions (3cr)

 

 

Sequence of coursework

FIRST YEAR

July-August

  • EAMC 601, Introduction to Decorative Arts in America to 1860 (Summer Institute)* (3cr)

 

Fall Semester

  • EAMC 602, Material Life in America (3cr)
  • EAMC 671, Connoisseurship I (3cr)
  • Elective or distribution course (3cr)

 

January

  • EAMC 607, English Design History, 1530-1930** (3cr)

 

Spring Semester

  • EAMC 672, Connoisseurship II (3cr)
  • EAMC 673, Connoisseurship III (3cr)
  • Elective or distribution course (3cr)

 

SECOND YEAR

June-July-August

Thesis research

 

Fall Semester

  • EAMC 869, Thesis Research (3cr)
  • Elective or distribution course (3cr)
  • Elective or distribution course (3cr)

Spring Semester

  • EAMC 869, Thesis Research (3cr)
  • Elective or distribution course (3cr)
  • Elective or distribution course (3cr)
  • * Registered in the Fall Semester
  • ** Registered in the Spring Semester

 

 

Winterthur Program in American Material Culture
field study Bahr Mill
Caption

HIST 667, American Vernacular Landscapes: Field study of the Bahr Mill, built 1897, Boyertown Vicinity, Pennsylvania, 2008.