Program Requirements

The DE is open to Ph.D. candidates in any field of study at UC Riverside. To enroll in the DE, the student should email both the current DE Chair, and their home department graduate administrator (or equivalent), letting them know their intention to pursue the DE. When they have completed the DE requirements, students would file the DE BAM Form with Graduate Division.

Courses counting toward the MA/MS or Ph.D. may not also count toward the DE.  Students pursuing the DE must complete its requirements before they advance to candidacy in their Ph.D. field, and they must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 in order to be awarded the DE Certificate.

The DE is a 14-unit course of study: students choose 3 courses from the approved list of courses below (or from another course with relevant content as approved by the DE Chair ), and enroll in Media and Cultural Studies 280, a 2-unit colloquium that brings together graduate students and faculty across disciplines for workshops and lectures. The requirements are explained in greater detail below.

Requirements: 14 units

I.  Three (3) courses (12 units) selected from the list below, or from another course with relevant content as approved by the DE Chair .  Students must select courses from at least two different departments or programs, one of which may be their home department.  Undergraduate courses taken to fulfill these requirements must be accompanied by a 292 course taken in the student’s department with extra work mutually agreed upon by professor and student.  In cases in which a petition is required (e.g., ENG 273), the core Faculty Committee will review the petition.

II. MCS 280 (2 Units): Colloquium on Book, Archive, and Manuscript Studies. Addresses current research topics pertaining to the program in designated emphasis. Includes events conducted both on and off campus. Graded Satisfactory (S) or No Credit (NC).

III. Significant Research Product: The DE requires that 4 credits reflect a “significant research product.”  It is the committee’s expectation that students will fulfill this component in at least one of the required courses, typically by writing a research paper appropriate to that discipline’s journal publication or conference presentation conventions.  In rare cases in which the research component has not otherwise been met, a student may undertake MCS 280 for 4 units in order to produce a research paper of approximately 25 pages.

The following courses satisfy requirements towards the DE in Book, Archive, and Manuscript Studies:

AHS 274: Print Culture.  Prints – images that are produced as multiples and have no “original” – have long been one of the most prevalent kinds of imagery, and also one of the most problematic. For centuries, they were the medium through which most people encountered pictures, and for this reason it is not surprising both that they have remained on the margins of the arts, and that they have often attracted broadly social interpretations. But even though they have never been considered central to the arts (or the study of art history), they are also an ideal point of entry for many of the central themes that form the way we think about the arts. We will take a broad view, focusing more on these themes and issues than on individual masters or works, though along the way we will become well-acquainted with many of the printmakers working from about 1500 to about 1750.

CRWR 186a. Beginning Book Arts.  Introduction to the history of the book, printing, illustration and bookbinding with instruction in basic handpress printing. The end result is the production of a broadside, illustrated by linoleum cut. (With concomitant 292 in student’s department)

CRWR 186b. Intermediate Book Arts. Students produce 15 high-quality copies of a chapbook of their own design, which must be at least 10 pages in length. (With concomitant 292 in student’s department)

ENGL 246: Seminar in Digital Media and Technoculture Studies.  Explores the history, theories, and practices of technoculture.  Includes studies of computational or combinatorial texts and media.  Brings together issues and contexts related to technological innovation, including the industrial production, refraction in aesthetic practices or popular cultural texts and sociopolitical deployment. Course is repeatable as content changes.

ENGL 273: Seminar in Cultural Studies. Intensive formal, historical, and theoretical research into the history and theory of culture in the broadest sense: popular literature, the mass media, and the interplay between peasant and elite or “low” and “high” cultural forms. Course is repeatable as content changes. (by petition, depending on course content.)

ENGL 282: Seminar in Bibliography and Textual Criticism.  Advanced research in the history of the book and textual production, including such topics as analytical bibliography, editorial theory and practice, and the economics of textual dissemination. Course is repeatable as content changes.

HIST 240 (E-Z). Documentary Source Study. Introduction to the scholarly handlings of texts, whether ancient or modern, including inscriptions, manuscripts, and archival documents. Instruction in the methodologies, tools, sources, and the editing and use of texts in history. Analysis of archival structure and organization and of questions of document authorship, provenance, paleography, language and syntax, internal structure, and variant texts.

HIST 262. Museum Research and Interpretation. Principles and methods of historical research in material culture; museum interpretation of artifacts; general orientation to the role of the historical curator.

HIST 263. Archival Management. Theory and practice of archival management; history of archives; professional ethics.

HISE 113. Comparative Ancient Historical Writing. A survey of the literary aspects of historical writing in ancient cultures, with some comparison of the ancient contribution to later authors of the genre. Cross-listed with CLA 113 and CPAC 112. (With concomitant 292 in student’s department)

HISE 114. Ancient Writing and Literacy. Uses cross-cultural comparison to survey writing and literacy in ancient civilizations and how they are related in the origin and development of selected ancient cultures. Cross-listed with CPAC 133. (With concomitant 292 in student’s department)