The Book studies minor explores the past, present, and future of the book. Faculty and staff from the Center of Humanities currently teach a variety of courses on the history, design, and archaelogy of the book; bibliography; reception studies; and the history of libraries. Book Studies courses not only involve materials housed in Goucher’s special collections, but also engage world-class collections housed in nearby libraries and museums, including the Library of Congress, the Walters Art Museum, the Johns Hopkins libraries, and the Folger Shakespeare Library. Through hands-on experience with books and archival materials, students not only explore books in their many forms, but broadly, they gain a more nuanced understanding of the cultural, social, political, visual, and literary dimensions of the book and its fundamental role in shaping the transmission of knowledge over time and across cultures.
April Oettinger, Director (Art History)
Matthew Hale (History), Allyn Massey (Studio Art), Arnold Sanders (English), Juliette Wells (English)
Tina Sheller (History/Historic Preservation), Charlee Sterling (Writing)
Nancy Magnuson (College Librarian)
Book Studies minors must complete a total of 18 credit hours, including one out of the three “core” courses required for the minor. The core courses are the following:
- HIS/AMS/ENG 242 (“From Puritan Diaries to Oprah’s Book Club: Readers and Writers in American History”)
- BKS 383 (“The Art and History of the Book”)
- ENG 341 (“The Archaeology of the Text”).
Courses offered within the Book Studies curriculum either have no prerequisites or require the permission of the instructor.
All students are required to take:
- BKS 290 (“Internship in Book Studies”) or BKS 299 (“Independent Study in Book Studies”).
Up to 4 credits can be taken at other institutions with permission of the Book Studies faculty adviser.