MA/PhD

Application Due Date for Fall 2018

January 5, 2018

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IND
Independent Study

Independent Study offers students the opportunity to pursue research in areas beyond the range of the standard curriculum. Through independent study, students further their knowledge …

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INT
Internship

Internships are arranged through the BGC, the student, and the sponsoring institution. A wide variety of internships are available, including positions at museums, historic houses, …

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501
Survey of the Decorative Arts, Design History, and Material Culture II
Freyja Hartzell
Lecture Hall
MON 5:00pm – 7:30pm

This two-semester, team-taught course, required of all entering MA students, and PhD students who have not taken a course deemed comparable, traces major historical developments …

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566
Rites of Passage: Arts of Marriage and Childbirth in the Italian Renaissance
Deborah L. Krohn
5th Floor Classroom
WED 1:30pm – 4:00pm

During the Renaissance, life’s milestones were marked in celebration and commemoration by the creation of a variety of decorative and functional objects. We will …

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573
In Focus: Graphic Design in Europe, 1890-1945
Paul Stirton
2nd Floor Classroom
THU 9:30am – 12:00pm

Graphic design, in the sense that we now understand it, developed in the late nineteenth century out of the needs of a new mass society …

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606
The Colonial Revival
Catherine Whalen
5th Floor Classroom
THU 1:30pm – 4:00pm

This seminar focuses on the Colonial Revival in the United States, a complex cultural phenomenon succinctly described as “national retrospection” that began during the early …

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675
Versailles: Palace and People
Jeffrey L. Collins
5th Floor Classroom
THU 9:30am – 12:00pm

This seminar investigates the creation, growth, and changing meanings of the palace and gardens of Versailles from the seventeenth century to the present. After exploring …

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693
Craft and Design in the USA, 1945 to the Present
Catherine Whalen
5th Floor Classroom
FRI 1:30pm – 4:00pm

This seminar examines the shifting boundaries of craft and design in the United States from World War II to the present. In the postwar era’…

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894
Objects of Belief: Iconoclasm and Continuity in the Era of Reformations, 1450-1600
Andrew Morrall
2nd Floor Classroom
FRI 9:30am – 12:00pm

This course examines the transformation of the visual and material culture of late medieval Christianity brought about by the upheavals in beliefs, religious practice and …

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965
Historical Archaeological Approaches to Race and Ethnicity in North America, c.1492-Present
Meredith B. Linn
5th Floor Classroom
FRI 9:30am – 12:00pm

“It seems too simplistic, but archaeology’s purpose today is to play a role in ending racism. Everything follows from this...” (Robert Kelly 1998). In this …

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966
The Green Hat: Fashion in Word and Image
Michele Majer, Freyja Hartzell
5th Floor Classroom
MON 1:30pm – 4:00pm

Taking its name from British novelist Michael Arlen’s 1924 tale of a fashionable young society widow, this course will explore two intertwined ideas: the representation …

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967
Oceania: Art and Material Culture
Ivan Gaskell
5th Floor Classroom
WED 9:30am – 12:00pm

This course will introduce the art and material culture of the inhabitants of one third of the surface of the Earth, focusing on their encounters …

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968
Polychrome Revolutions: The New Artists’ Media of the Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries
Jennifer L. Mass
2nd Floor Classroom
WED 1:30pm – 4:00pm

The nineteenth century saw a revolution in the materials that were available to artists to represent the natural world (and to facilitate experiments deviating from …

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970
Archaeological Lab Methods
Meredith B. Linn
2nd Floor Classroom
TUE 9:30am – 12:00pm

This seminar will introduce students to the methods that historical archaeologists use to analyze, catalogue, document, and store archaeological artifacts. We will work with a …

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971
Digital Archaeology: Approaching History through New Media
Jesse Merandy
Digital Media Lab
FRI 1:30pm – 4:00pm

With access to an ever growing network of location-specific information, mobile and New Media technologies have radically altered the ways in which we interact with …

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972
Golden Kingdoms: Luxury and Legacy in the Ancient Americas
Alicia Boswell
5th Floor Classroom
MON 9:30am – 12:00pm

What materials were considered most precious to Pre-Columbian cultures and why? How and why were certain materials selected and transformed into some of the ancient …

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973
Sex and Gender in the Ancient World: Objects, Issues, and Case Studies
Meredith Nelson
2nd Floor Classroom
TUE 1:30pm – 4:00pm

The study of gender and sexuality in the ancient world has a very strong basis in, and reliance on, the material and visual cultures of …

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974
What Is Islam? New Approaches to Religion and Culture
Abigail Balbale
5th Floor Classroom
TUE 9:30am – 12:00pm

What should the student of Islamic studies make of the omnipresence of images of Muslim rulers as drinkers, in spite of the well-known Islamic prohibition …

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975
Learning to Look: Principles of Connoisseurship
Charlotte Vignon, Jeffrey L. Collins
The Frick Collection, 1 E. 70th
MON 1:30pm – 4:00pm

“Connoisseurship,” derived from the Latin cognoscere (to get to know) by way of Italian conoscitore and French connaisseur, was long regarded as the primary tool …

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