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HMUS 521 Culture and Collections I
This hands-on course is designed to familiarize students with objects made or used in the United States from the 17th to the 21st century. Participants will learn to identify objects of various materials and will consider how practitioners in a variety of academic disciplines have approached the study of material culture. Assignments will encourage students to conduct original research using documentary sources as well as the careful inspection and comparison of actual objects. Requirements include readings, class attendance, class participation, time in the NYSHA collections, short papers, and hands-on projects.
Prerequisites: GrS. Permission of the instructor and the director is required for students not enrolled in CGP.
Fall, required first semester.
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