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Multidisciplinary & Comparative Cultural Programs

Connections to Other UTK Units and Local Institutions

Our department has close working relationships with many other UT departments and programs:

  • Our faculty have affiliate, adjunct, or associate status in six departments (Anthropology, Classics, English, History, Modern Foreign Languages, and Philosophy) and several programs such as the Marco Institute for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, the Center for the Study of Social Justice, and the Howard H. Baker Center for Public Policy).
  • We often serve on Master's thesis and Ph.D. dissertation committees—recently in the departments of Anthropology, English, History, Modern Foreign Languages and Literatures, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, and Sociology, as well as the Colleges of Nursing and Education, Health, and Human Sciences.
  • We take leadership in Interdisciplinary Programs, such as Africana Studies, American Studies, Asian Studies, Global Studies, Medieval Studies, and University Studies; study abroad programs, such as the Gulu Study and Service Abroad Program [GSSAP] and the UT Semester in Wales; and research initiatives, such as Faculty Research Seminars in Late Antiquity and German and Central European Studies and working groups of the Center for the Study of Social Justice.
  • We cross-list courses with seven departments (Anthropology, Art, Classics, English, History, Philosophy, and Psychology) and five interdisciplinary programs (American Studies, Africana Studies, Asian Studies, Judaic Studies, and Global Studies).
  • We mentor College Scholars and University Honorsstudents, as well as teach University Honors courses on a regular basis.

It is particularly noteworthy that we are the home department to the Fern and Manfred Steinfeld Program in Judaic Studies. This program's advisory committee includes faculty in English, History, Art History, and it cosponsors a wide range of activities including Holocaust conferences and film festivals.

Tina Shepardson's connection with the Marco Institute for Medieval and Renaissance Studies (Marco) is an especially good example of our affiliations with other units. She serves on MARCO's Steering Committee and through Marco she works extensively with graduate students and faculty from other departments and colleges. In 2005 she initiated a Faculty Research Seminar on "The Mediterranean World in Late Antiquity" which she built into regional workshops in 2009 and 2010—all hosted and partially funded by Marco.

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