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Collection Management Policies

Oxford College Collection Development

Guidelines for Curriculum-Based Collecting

American Studies

The New South; race relations in the United States; Jewish Americans; Asian American culture; Latinx American culture; immigration; American identity; political, social, and economic climates of the United States; the idea of “passing”; 19th-century and 20th-century America


Textile printing in North India; history and oral history of logging communities in the PNW; independent businesses of immigrants in Costa Rica; social and cultural anthropology; globalization and gender; labor market regulation and workers’ rights; social and welfare policy; cultural heritage; paleoanthropology; archeology; physical anthropology and  biocultural perspective; practice theory; origins of agriculture; evolutionary theory; middle-upper Paleolithic transitions; physical and social elements of human race; artistic expression; engineering; behavior in an ecological context; human evolution and adaptations; evolution of extinct species; genetic analysis; fossil analysis; macroevolution; influential theory from the 19th-century to present; theoretical paradigms and ethnography; perennial issues in anthropology; the interrelatedness of technology, sociopolitical organization, economics, demography and health, and cultural beliefs and values; human impacts on the environment; the prehistoric origins of sociopolitical inequality; cross-cultural study of gender and sexuality; the way genders are performed and the important role of language in the social construction of gender across time, across space, and in different communities; the way different cultures imagine, practice, experience, challenge and impose ideas of gender and sexuality; contemporary South Asia;  changes in South Asian cultures in relation to European colonization; human impact on material culture; environment in indigenous cultures; physical disabilities that present neuromuscular impairments. Scientific and clinical approaches to illness and resilience


Dance: choreography, Yoga, aerial arts, dance critique, modern/contemporary dance

Theater: theater design, acting fundamentals

Art: contemporary art, modern art, art criticism between 1930-1950, interactions between Europe and American arts in the 20th-century, Avant-Garde practices in the educational system, Egyptology, forensic anthropology, decomposition, ancient Egyptian religious and medical texts, art and architecture from pre-history to renaissance, Gothic art, street art, rock art and pottery (C. 5000 B.C.E.), material culture in the lens of anthropology & art history & archeology, political & religious & economic structures  Emory’s Carlos museum, Fauvism, Expressionism, Cubism, Futurism, Dada, Abstraction, Surrealism, historical production of paper and materials used to make papers


International business and trade; transition economies; foreign direct investment; statistics; financial meltdowns; banking systems; unemployment; inflation and growth; consumer behaviors; how economies function; neoclassical consumer models; regulation of economy; current policy issues; the economists’ worldview


Latin and Greek prose and poetry; contemporary and historical African American literature; contemporary and historical southern women writers; crime fiction; masculinity; classic mystery; graphic novels and graphic novel pedagogy; women in comics; disability studies; memoirs from diverse backgrounds; prison literature and “the prisoner” as a concept; popular literature and the academy; poetry; modernist authors; American canon; Austen; Woolf; British canon; catastrophe; digital pedagogy; critical theory; contemporary short stories; short story anthologies; Af-Am anthologies

Film Studies

Film analysis; film history; film production; screenplay writing; trends and traditions; documentary and non-fiction forms; “bodies on the screen”

Foreign Languages

German; Chinese; French; Spanish; Latin

Second language acquisition; morphosyntax; psycholinguistics; German as a second language; the Francophone world; contemporary Spain and Latin America; the French Revolution; current events in France; Hispanic culture and history


Modern America; colonial America; American Civil Rights History; 20th-century South; European History; Ancient Western Civilization; Medieval Western; Civilization; Modern Western Civilization; migration; individual freedom; creation and maintenance of the Union; slavery;  the
American Revolution and its aftermath; nineteenth-century America; Antebellum
South; sectional crisis; the Civil War; Bacon’s Rebellion; Constitutional Myths; Abraham Lincoln; Reconstruction, Cold War; Great Depression; New Deal; World War I; World War II; Korean War; Spanish-American War; Vietnam War; McCarthyism; military occupation of Haiti; Imperialism; Treaty
of Versailles; the Gilded Age;, industrialization, citizenship; illegal aliens; immigration restriction; feminism; American Women’s Movements; corporate economy; Europe from 1500-1700; religious wars; early modern Europe; The Glorious Revolution; Queen Elizabeth I; the Renaissance; the Reformation, “dynastic” politics in Europe; Black Lives Matter; sexual freedom; Hurricane Katrina; invasion of Iraq; the agrarian South; grassroots activism; oral interviews, Studs Terkle; Rev. Francis X. Walter; southern rural poverty; Executive Historian Calinda Lee; logistics of oral history (transcription, mechanics, indexing, etc.)

Latin American Studies
20th century cultural and transnational Latin American and Caribbean history; politics; economics; race; national identity and culture; music; dance


Second language acquisition; morphosyntax; psycholinguistics; corpus linguistics


fundamental computing concepts; general programming principles; Java; algorithm creation and developments


Musicology; music history; music education and appreciation; Renaissance culture centered in Rome, Italy; influences on Western music; Bach; Mozart; analysis and interpretation of Western classical music; basic harmonic practices in Western Europe; tonal music theory; pitch notation; rhythm and meter; scales and intervals; harmony; musical forms; music as a cultural and historical practice; writing critically about musical cultures; African, Indian, Indonesian, Chinese, Latin American music and culture; ethnic music traditions;  applied music study


Team-based teaching; theory/practice learning; reacting to the past; cognitive learning; leadership in higher education; scholarship of teaching and learning; experiential learning; inquiry-based learning


Mythology; Freud; Ovid; Homer; Plato; Nietzsche; Herodotus; Aeschylus; Sophocles; Aristotle; Euripides; Livy; Sallust; Cicero; Julius Caesar; Suetonius; Catullus; Vergil; Horace; Propertius; Tibullus; Ovid; Seneca; Pliny; Plutarch; Perpetua

Political Science

Political violence; vigilantism; political resistance; alternative political insurgence (activism, etc.); the politics of Shakespeare; Friedrich Nietzsche; intersections of international relations and political philosophy; American judicial institutions; judicial policy making; voting behavior and measurement


Childhood psychopathology; biological and cognitive developments between the ages of 10-20; clinical neuroscience; mental disorders; psychobiology; modern leadership; developmental psychology; personality theory; science of diagnoses; intellectual giftedness; drugs and drug affects; theoretical and empirical studies in gender;  friendships; love relationships; pharmaceutical treatment


Asian religions; Asian religious sacred texts; Tibetan Buddhism in America; the role of religion in identity construction; Islam in Indonesia; Arabic; death and dying in religious traditions; Japanese religious and philosophical traditions; mourning; memory; affect theory; embodiment; peace and conflict studies; understanding community; pedagogy of religious instruction; experiential learning; Judaica; Native American religious; Buddhist feminism; Buddhist activism; Islam in America; Hinduism; New Testament Gospels; catastrophic trauma;


Plant pathology; forest systems; cell biology; energy cycling; evolution and changes in genes; human anatomy; physiological processes; integration of organs in the homeostatic regulation of the body; genetic; ecosystems; principles of the natural world; native plants to Georgia

Physical geology; energy and power; mineral resources; evolution of the earth; analysis of rock and fossil specimens; tectonic plates; paleoecology; basic theorems and concepts in physics; computational modeling for engineering; x-rays, quantum physics, 20th-century physics; relativity;  


Ecology; sociology of food; sustainability; global political economy;  poverty; gender; deviant behavior; family; work; capitalist democracies; social inequalities; status and power; mental health; prejudice; aggression; narcissism; television; moral panics; social policy; construction of social fear; public morality; anarchism