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Virginia Tech Accepting Applications for MA Program in Material Culture and Public Humanities

Thursday, December 12, 2013   (0 Comments)
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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  

Please contact Dr. Elizabeth Fine ( or Dr. Bailey Van Hook (, Graduate Directors, with any questions. 


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