Special Graduate Programs

The African American Public Humanities Initiative – This interdisciplinary program integrates the disciplines of English, History, Africana Studies, and Art History with an intentional focus on training students for a broad range of careers in and beyond the academy. The program showcases the opportunities and responsibilities of public scholarship and advocacy for African American history, cultural preservation, and community outreach work. Students recruited through this interdisciplinary initiative will have opportunities to develop their skills as classroom teachers if they are interested in academic careers, but students are also encouraged to participate in apprenticeship experiences in project-based activities that advance the public profile of humanities research. Our students will engage in internships in libraries, archives, museums, galleries, and special collections on campus and as well as at our partner institutions.

Hagley Program in the History of Capitalism, Technology, and Culture – For more than fifty years the Hagley Program in the History of Capitalism, Technology, and Culture in the University of Delaware’s History Department has been training M.A.- and Ph.D.-level students in the history of industrialization, capitalism, technology, consumption, business, labor, and the environment. The program offers students an enriched graduate education including a range of resources and opportunities not normally available in the university setting. A large number of our students develop an expertise in the study of material culture, and many earn certificates in Museum Studies. Our alumni include more than 150 distinguished historians, museum professionals, archivists, and others.

History of American Civilization The American Civilization Program is a plan for study within the Department of History doctoral program. Established in 1979, it trains advanced students for scholarly careers in both the academy and in public humanities including museums, historic preservation, and cultural agencies, and other related organizations. What makes “Am Civ” unique is its emphasis on interdisciplinary scholarship and material culture studies, a particular strength of the University of Delaware across a number of departments and programs. With its wide array of nearby museums, Delaware is a great place to hone your skills at researching and writing about American material life in the past.

Museum Studies Program – Since 1972, the University of Delaware’s Museum Studies Program has introduced students to successful careers in museums, historic sites, and cultural agencies and organizations. The 12-credit program is open to any University of Delaware graduate student enrolled in a degree-granting program. Students take a minimum of 9 credit hours of classes and complete a three – credit internship to receive the Certificate in Museum Studies. Instructors include distinguished professionals from area museums as well as university faculty.



Image: Ph.D. recipients celebrate at the 2016 History convocation