Courses & Advising

The minor is flexible, interdisciplinary, and tailored to a student’s personal interests. Students will meet frequently with an advisor from the Center for Material Culture Studies to shape the course of study.

The MCST minor requires 18 credit hours and students are required to take the following three core courses for a total of nine credit hours:

  • ANTH/MCST/HIST 216 Introduction to material culture studies
  • MCST 402 Research and writing seminar (prerequisite: MCST 216)
  • MCST 464 Internship

In consultation with a faculty advisor from the Center for Material Culture Studies, students will also select three elective courses.  (These courses must fall outside the requirements of a student’s major and any other minors he or she pursues.) Two courses must be at the 200 level or above; the third, at the 300 level or above. The courses must represent at least two different departments/programs from the following: Anthropology, Art Conservation, Art History, Black American Studies, Fashion and Apparel Studies, English, Geography, History, Museum Studies, Sociology, Women’s Studies. All courses included within the minor must be completed with a grade of C- or better.

checksheet provides an easy way to track progress through the minor.

To learn more about the minor, please email Deborah Andrews,



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