Students in the History and Culture concentration work one-to-one with expert faculty mentors to develop a rigorous program of study of your individualized question and topic of interest. Students in the “History & Culture” concentration research interdisciplinary questions as well as those that fall within disciplines such as history, cultural studies, art history, museum studies, cultural anthropology, ethnic and women’s studies, folklore and comparative mythology (just to name a few). Core courses provide grounding in research methods and strategies as well as in academic writing and critical and creative thinking. You’ll also gain knowledge of the disciplinary foundations of your field. Six credits of our 36 credit degree program are dedicated to applied and experiential learning in which you will gain hands-on experience and knowledge related to your study. In collaboration with faculty, our students have designed learning activities for this portion of our degree that include such experiences as conducting archival research, developing courses, field trips, internships, attending conferences, and studio work. The degree culminates in a Master’s thesis. Founded on John Dewey’s ideas of progressive education and inquiry-based learning, our program provides an enabling structure within which you design your individualized research study in collaboration with our dedicated faculty. Delivered completely at a distance, our degree offers you the flexibility to work during times that fit your schedule, as well as a supportive learning community of peer students who come together from throughout the world in our online classrooms. UI&U’s virtual library offers extensive holdings of full-text e-books, journal articles, visual artifacts, and more -- so that you can conduct your graduate research completely from your home. Our graduates have gained credentials to teach or to advance in their professions, gained employment in museums, preservation societies, and non-profit organizations. Some have published books based on their research, or have gone on to doctoral study.
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