Past Courses


Spring 2016 Courses

Mostern: Study Plan Design (IH 202)
This course is intended to facilitate your progress toward effective and timely degree completion and to guide structured communication between your, your advisor, and your committee.  Completion and oral presentation of a Study Plan is the primary goal of the class, and is a signature exercise that is central to the vision of this program.  You will meet near-weekly with one another and with the instructor of this course, but you are also expected to work closely with your own advisor to define a particular field of research. You will also read articles, blog posts and other materials about the state of the humanities as an intellectual practice and institutional formation in order to learn about the field and to consider your career prospects in the context of the reality of the humanities job market.  With the support of career websites such as The Versatile Ph.D. and The Professor is In, and through potential visits from diverse guest speakers, you will explore career paths both inside and outside academia.   The class will also introduce a range of professional skills including grant writing, and prepare you to apply for grants and other opportunities for which you may be eligible.
D. Torres-Rouff: Central Valley Studies: A Research Practicum (IH 205)
See instructor for details.
ChandraSpace and Identity in the Islamic World (IH 210)

This course focuses on how Space, Place, and Identity interact and produce each other in the context of the material culture of the Islamic world. The relationship of architecture, visual arts, and design to power, identity, gender, and social cultural behavior will be central. We will ask: How does architectural and garden design and patronage of artworks impact and regulate behavior? How do interactions in these manufactured spaces and use of designed landscapes manifest discourses of power? How are identities produced, negotiated, and re-formulated through myriad forms of cultural encounters such as travel, pilgrimage, trade, conquest, colonialism, and migration? In what ways do these spaces transform over time due to changes in design and form, re-use, destruction, the establishment of coercive laws, and subversive behavior?

Delugan: Social Memory (IH 220) 

Social memory is an extremely useful topic for exploring representations of the past, collective identity, subjectivity, politics, and power. Drawing from the fields of anthropology, cultural studies, history,literature, philosophy, and sociology we will review primary works that shape the study of social memory.  Theoretical explorations are complemented by exemplary case studies that illuminate theory by interrogating and representing specific sites and practices of social memory.

Beaster-JonesCulture Industries (IH 230)

This course explores the consequences of the commodification of culture, including music, dance, drama, and tourism. Readings will include foundational texts on the social influences of capitalism and the ways that production and reception of cultural commodities have been transformed in/by the marketplace.

Wang: Race in Art (IH 230) 

The seminar investigates representational strategies concerning racial and national identities in twentieth-century visual culture. Taking an object-oriented approach, students learn to analyze imagery and read historical and critical texts on debates surrounding diasporas, assimilation and nationalism, among other topics. With a special emphasis on visual production that is considered to be non-canonical, students will be able to conduct original research on works that have not received due scholarly attention, for more than eighty years in some cases .


Graduate Division

Graduate Admissions:
Phone: (209) 228-4723
Graduate Funding:
Phone: (209) 228-4622
General Inquiries:
Phone: (209) 228-4723
Fax: (209) 228-6906
Mailing Address:
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ATTN: Graduate Division
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Merced, CA 95343


Graduate Group

Graduate Group Chair: Arturo Arias
Graduate Group Coordinator: Mitch Ylarregui
Phone: (209) 228-4105

Additional Resources

Graduate Student Services
Graduate Peer Mentor Program
Writing Services
Grad Student Association
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