We are proud to host the following interdisciplinary
research clusters in which coursework is regularly offered:
Writing Studies entails the study of writing in academic and public spaces, emphasizing the intersections of theory, pedagogy, and literate practice. This field of study includes composition theory, rhetorical theory, literacy studies, narrative analysis, storytelling, writing centers, writing program administration, technical and professional writing, and research methodologies. It also encompasses a wide array of special topics courses on public discourse, genre theory, race and writing, disability studies, and writing and emerging technologies, to name just a few.
Print and Material Culture
Print and Material Culture examines cultures past and present through the physical objects and physical texts they produce. How do objects and texts, from newspapers and posters to photographs, maps and computer screens, shape our interactions with the physical world? How do these texts, objects, and archives prompt us to view identities in complex ways? This mode of study encourages students to intervene in the ongoing and interdisciplinary conversation on the ways material texts and objects compel us to engage, interpret, and understand our world.
Black Cultural Studies
This field encompasses the study of African American and African diasporic literature as entwined with cultural and political movements, aesthetic experimentation, historical memory, critical theory, and public humanities. The field turns an interdisciplinary and transnational lens on the cultural history of race, slavery, colonialism, modernity, and post-colonialism. At UD, African American literary and cultural studies operate in close collaboration with the departments of History, Art History and Africana Studies as well as the UD Library, Museums, and Press.
Many of the most basic environmental questions are humanistic. How have human relationships to the non-human world changed over time? Why do we have environmental problems? What are their causes? Which groups are most vulnerable to them, and why do these injustices persist? What shapes our ideas about relationships between humans and their environments? How does narrative shape our ideas about the 'human' and interrogate its global impacts? This field of study encourages students to intervene in the ongoing and interdisciplinary conversation on the ways that texts affect our engagement with the natural world.
We are currently in the process of having these research clusters formalized. In the meantime, students interested in learning more about our curriculum should consult the Graduate Handbook or contact the DGS with questions.