Fall 2018 Material Culture Courses

The following courses are electives applicable to the Material Culture Certificate

Courses are listed by department. Cross-listed courses are listed in a separate section at the end.


ANTHRO 212: Principles of Archaeology

MoWe 11-11:50AM Sarah Clayton

This course introduces students to the methods, historical development, and scientific principles of archaeology. Through a combination of lecture, discussion, and laboratory activities, students discover how archaeologists generate and interpret information about the human past. The course familiarizes students with scientific inquiry and provides a foundation for pursuing advanced archaeological courses and field research.

ANTHRO 354: Archaeology of Wisconsin

TuTh 6-7:30PM Schroeder, Sissel

Introduces students to the archaeological evidence for the diverse Native American cultures of Wisconsin over the past 12,000 years.

ANTHRO 696: Archaeological Methods of Curation

TBA Schroeder, Sissel

Practicum in the curation of prehistoric stone, bone, and ceramics. Involves handling materials, identification of artifacts, conservation techinques, preparation of materials for storage or display.

Art History

ART HIST 308: Later Chinese Art: From the Tenth Century to Present

TuTh 4:15-5:30PM Li, Yuhang

Traces the evolution of art forms and concepts from mid-10th century onward, and examines their transformations in modern and contemporary China. Organized chronologically, the course presents developments in painting, calligraphy, woodblock printing, ceramics, architecture, and multimedia installations.

ART HIST 478: Art and Religious Practices in Medieval Japan

MoWeFr 9:55-10:45AM Phillips, Gene

A study of spaces, objects, and images within the context of religious belief and practice in Japan between 1300 and 1600, when great Zen monasteries grew up alongside older Buddhist/Shinto religious “megaplexes,” and new salvationist sects spread throughout Japan.

ART HIST 506: Curatorial Studies Exhibition Practice

W 4-6 PM  Carter, Sarah

This course will engage students in all aspects of the preparation of an exhibition for the Chazen Museum of Art or other exhibition spaces on campus. Students will help conceptualize the exhibition and its layout, research and interpret individual objects, prepare wall texts for the display and other materials published in print or online in conjunction with the exhibition. The specific topic will be different each time the course is taught.

Design Studies

DS 421: History of European Interiors

MoWe 2:30-3:45PM TBA

This course surveys the history of architecture, interiors, furnishings and decorative arts from antiquity to the mid-19th century. Lectures and readings introduce major design cultures and movements, emphasizing the role of social, economic, political, technological, and aesthetic factors in the shaping design.

DS 430: History of Textiles

TuTh 2:30-3:45 Moskowitz, Marina

Designs and meanings and interrelationships of textiles in selected cultures and time periods.


FOLKLORE 320: Folklore of Wisconsin

MoWe 2:30-3:45 Rue, Anna

Introduction to folk cultural groups and folklore forms of Wisconsin.


GEOG 305: Introductions to Cities

TuTh2:30-3:45 Loyd, Jena M

Investigates urbanization as a general process, as well as the resulting contemporary physical, social, cultural and political- economic forms of cities. As an ethnic studies class, emphasis will be placed on the history and current forms of spatial and social segregation of cities by race, class, ethnicity, and gender. The myriad ways that cities have addressed the tensions emerging from this history of spatial and social segregation will be highlighted. Further, emphasis will be placed on understanding the experiences of those most-affected by historical and continuing segregation.


THEATRE 327: History of Costume for the Stage

TuTh 11AM-1PM Brassard, Gail M

Dress in Western civilization is examined through the cultural context of history, art and fashion and related to theatrical costume design through a comparison of theatre designs to their primary visual sources.

Cross Listed Courses

ART HIST/CLASSICS 300/700: Art and Archaeology of Ancient Greece

TuTh 9:30-10:45AM Aylward, William

Explores the art and archaeology of ancient Greece from the Bronze Age through the Hellenistic period.

LIS/HISTORY/ART HIST 650: History of Books and Print Culture

Mo 1:30-4:00PM Senchyne, Jonathan

History of books and print culture in the West from ancient times to the present. Focus on the influence of reading and writing on social, cultural, and intellectual life. Methodologies, theories, and sources for study of book and print culture history.

HISTORY/JOURN 560: History of Mass Communication

TuTH 9:30-10:45AM McGarr, Kathryn

Evolution of the mass media in the United States in the context of political, social, and economic change.

The following courses are not applicable to the Material Culture Certificate but may be of interest to Material Culture Students

HIST SCI 350: Spec Topics-Hist of Science: Things not Words: Using Material Culture

TuTh 1-2:15PM Jackson, Catherine M


TuTh 11-12:15 Kenoyer, J.M.


Th 4:30-7:00  Andrzejewski, Anna

This course is designed to give students an immersion experience in cultural heritage research and an opportunity to learn how to write history literally “from the ground up while documenting historic sites. The course will teach skills in building documentation, archival research, and oral history interviewing. Students will learn how to document buildings according to standards in architectural history and historic preservation (particularly the standards of the Historic American Buildings Survey). They will also learn how to conduct research in local archives and become proficient with records used in local history research. Finally, they will learn about the ethics and methods of collecting primary data through interviews. This fall, we will focus on documenting historic farmsteads built by German-Russian immigrants in western North Dakota (Stark County) during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Students are strongly encouraged to take part in an extended field trip (roughly a week long) to North Dakota during the first few weeks of the semester (travel, lodging and per diem will be covered). Instructor permission is required. Findings from the class will go into an e-book that is part of a continuing series of books produced by students on the vernacular architecture of this region and this ethnic group.