University of Delaware

College of Arts and Science

Winterthur Program in American Material Culture


Willard Hall, University of Delaware

Memorial Hall

Newark, DE 19958

United States





Program Information

Degrees Offered:

M.A.- Early American Culture

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The Winterthur Program in Early American Culture provides a multidisciplinary approach to the study of American decorative arts and material culture. It is based on the assumption that a cultural approach to the American past and its artifacts is the best way to achieve an understanding of the American people. A cooperative effort of the HenryFrancis du Pont Winterthur Museum and the University, this two-year program leads to a Master of Arts degree. Related areas are American fine and decorative arts, social and cultural history, literature, and museum studies. The method combines traditional concepts from the humanities with those of the social sciences that emphasize the importance of material culture as a nonverbal means of communication. Methods of research for analyzing both the material itself and contemporary documents are stressed, with courses at the University providing the cultural context for detailed examination of original objects at Winterthur. Other special facilities include research libraries at both institutions as well as slide and media centers.


Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, Middle States Commission on Higher Education

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Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Intensive

Locale: Large Suburb

Size & Settings: 20,000-39,999

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