Museum Studies (GC)


The aim of this program is to provide a perspective on the theory and practice of museums in an expanding global environment of technological, social and political change for current and future museum professionals. It emphasizes the role of technology as a pervasive aspect in today's museum, examines new models of education, exhibition, and business strategies, and explores the role of the museum as an agent of social change. We welcome students interested in all types of museums including history, technology, science, art, special topic or themed museums, historic sites, national parks and zoos and those interested in exhibitions for corporations, government agencies and private organizations.
Catalog Year

Years 2019-2020








Program Requirements

Common Core

Foundational course - Choose 6 Credit(s).

Introduces students to museum science and how historic constructs, practices and contemporary issues of the museum as an institution relate to the representation of the other.

Prerequisites: none

A review of the history and philosophy of museums, the legal and ethical issues impacting museums, the nature and treatment of collections, creation, exhibition and exhibit design, the role of museums in education, museum personnel and management, and museums in the technological/electronic age.

Prerequisites: none

Restricted Electives

Expanded Courses - Choose 9 Credit(s). Choose 3 courses for a minimum of 9 credits

Review of how cultural resources are being preserved and managed under current laws and regulations. Emphasis on examination of conservation, preservation and rescue methods in modern archaeology, and problems and issues in historic preservation and resource management.

Prerequisites: none

Theoretical and practical aspects of administering arts organizations. Examines the management, budget, marketing and administration of arts programs and organizations in the postmodern era.

Prerequisites: none

Arranged internship allows students to have a hands on experience applying theories and methodology from course work in the field to area of interest. Requires coordination with a faculty member.

Prerequisites: none

This course allows a pursuit of individual avenues of study that may not be offered in the curriculum and for advanced level pursuit of special projects of research on an independent basis. Requires coordination with a faculty member.

Prerequisites: none

This is a survey course of the nonprofit sector, covering history and philosophy of the sector, ethics, board and staff relations, operations and fundraising, fiscal management, and human resource development.

Prerequisites: none

Aesthetic principles, theories, and the creative process. Theories of visual arts, music, literature, dance, etc.

Prerequisites: none

Raising resources for public and nonprofit organizations from needs assessment through obtaining funding to managing the grant after it is awarded.

Prerequisites: none