Spring 2022 Graduate Courses

American Studies

Preservation Planning: CAS AM 554
Th 6:30pm-9:15pm
Sara Wermiel

Introduces students to local, state, and national government policies and practices intended to protect historically and aesthetically significant structures. In addition, the course covers planning approaches aimed at managing redevelopment in established neighborhoods, to create livable and sustainable communities.

American Material Culture: CAS AM 567
T/Th 12:30pm-1:45pm
Katherine Lennard

Material culture studies of the twentieth century life must contend with mass consumption, global supply chains, changing national demographics, and the increasing speed of aesthetic trends. Through readings by historians and art historians, along with firsthand examinations of objects in local museum and archival collections, students will investigate the unique roles that artifacts played in the social and cultural lives of a diverse group of twentieth century Americans. 

Professional Development Seminar: GRS AM 899
T 3:30pm-5:15pm
Kim Sichel

A seminar offering advanced PhD students the opportunity to present and discuss works-in-progress and structured guidance for the tasks involved in academic and curatorial job applications (dossier and Curriculum Vitae preparation, cover letters, writing samples, teaching statements and course syllabi, interviews, job talks). The course is divided into two kinds of meetings: (1) workshops on topics such as fellowship applications, conference papers, placement tasks, and publishing and (2) paper and dissertation chapter presentations by students, which will be critiqued by students, the seminar instructor, and other faculty from the Department.  Some attention will be paid to fellowship selection and application, professional ethics, pedagogy, and the job market. Much of the course will involve critiquing student scholarship and writing in a collaborative workshop model. Additional sessions will involve panels of recently placed PhD students who can offer experienced advice about the job search and invited faculty members from the Department to conduct mock interviews.

Open to PhD students after completion of required Ph.D coursework. Cannot be used to fulfill PhD course requirements. 4 Credits.

Affiliated Departments

This is only a sampling of courses. Please refer to individual department websites and the University Class Schedule for complete course offerings.

Note: Graduate students must take classes at the 500+ level.

African American Studies


Film and Television


History of Art & Architecture