Virginia Tech’s new MA in Material Culture and Public
Humanities is now accepting applications for the 2014–15 academic year. Material
culture is the study of material or physical objects, as well as the
placement of those objects in critical, theoretical and historical perspectives
as the products of distinct cultures. Public humanities bridges
the divide between academia and the public by encouraging dialogue between
scholars and communities on cultural and social issues.
This interdisciplinary program is jointly administered by
the School of Visual Arts, Department of Religion and Culture, and the
Department of History. The 30-hour degree offers instruction in interpreting cultural
materials, artifacts, and practices and applying such interpretation to the
public sphere, promoting creative solutions to community challenges.
The degree prepares students for a wide range of careers in
museums, historical societies, and community and cultural organizations.
Students will be required to do a 6-credit internship project and report,
choosing from a variety of museums and other cultural organizations. An
additional 6 credits may be taken by those choosing to write a thesis in
preparation for admission to Ph.D. programs.Applicants seeking funding through GA or GTA positions should apply by February
15; the final application
deadline is April 15. For more information see http://www.rc.vt.edu/matcult/.