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ChooseWhy Choose This Program?

Why Study Book Studies at Goucher?

As an interdisciplinary minor, book studies complements majors in both the humanities and the sciences; e.g., the history of science invokes book studies by demonstrating how books promoted and shaped scientific discourse, while the conservation of books involves expertise in chemistry and biology. After graduation, Book Studies minors might apply their knowledge toward graduate studies in the humanities, an M.A. in library science, a career in the expanding field of digital media, or work in an historical society.  

LearnWhat Will You Learn?

What Will You Learn?

Faculty and staff from the Center for Humanities currently teach a variety of courses on the history, design, and archaeology 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. Through hands-on experience with books and archival materials, students not only explore books in their many forms, they gain a nuanced understanding of the cultural, social, political, visual, and literary dimensions of the book and its fundamental role in shaping the transmission of knowledge.

DoWhat Will You Do?

What Will You Do?

Students who minor in book studies learn to think critically about how the material aspects of the book communicate meaning, the changing technologies of the book (from the cuneiform tablet to digital media) and the transmission of knowledge, the humanistic nature of books, their production, and their reception, and the book as an agent of social, political, and cultural change. Given the rapid changes in the technology of the book and textual media, it is arguably more important than ever to engage books of the past—and of the future—as complex material objects and as sources of interpretable texts and images. 

Course Curriculum


Major & Minor Program Contacts
Book Studies Minor: April Oettinger

Study Abroad

Please contact the Office of International Studies to learn more about approved study-abroad programs.

Opportunities & Internships

There are innumerable opportunities for original research at Goucher. Peirce Center research grants have supported a number of student research projects based upon books and archival materials in Goucher's Special Collections.

Aside from Goucher's Special Collections and Archives, many museums and libraries in the mid-Atlantic and New England offer specialized internship programs in the area of book studies, conservation, and Special Collections librarianship.  These institutions include:


Internships help students explore possibilities, apply classroom learning, and gain experience. Explore internships and credit options.

Student Employment

Student employment connects students to both on and off-campus opportunities. The Career Education Office provides resources and support to students with or without Federal Work Study to find jobs, submit applications, and learn more about the job search process. Students have access to Goucher Recruit — an online site for job postings and job fair events.

Major & Career Exploration

Exploring career options, choosing a major, and making career decisions is a multi-step process in which all students are encouraged to engage early and often. Goucher students have a variety of resources available through the Majors and Career page to assist them in this process.

Job Search

A Goucher education prepares students for today’s job market and beyond. Students can explore job opportunities and access job search resources through the CEO Job Search page and at

Graduate & Professional School

Students access resources for searching and applying to graduate and professional school through the CEO Graduate and Professional School page, through faculty and staff members, or utilizing their own resources, network and tools.