Museum Studies Minor Requirements

Minimum of six required courses as follows:

Four courses for a total of 14 credits:
MUST 203 Controversies and dilemmas in museums (3 credits)
MUST 302 Creative exhibits: the power of display (4 credits)
MUST 304 Places of learning: museums and education (4 credits)
*Internship in Museum Studies (3 credits)

At least two courses chosen from the following mini practica for a total of 4 credits:

*MUST 204 Collections management (2 credits)
*MUST 205 Exhibit preparation and design (2 credits)
*MUST 305 Independent project (2 credits)


Optional courses: It is strongly advised that students enroll in some of the following courses:

  • *A second Internship in Museum Studies
  • ART 213 Digital Art and Design I: Typography (4 credits)
  • ENG 310 Creative Writing: Non-Fiction
  • *An off-campus course that includes extensive trips to museums

*courses preceded by an asterisk must be approved by the coordinator of the minor

Course Descriptions:

203 Controversies and dilemmas in museums (3 credits)
This course serves as an introduction to the role of museums in society through the exploration of contemporary issues. Through the use of case studies the course investigates the wide variety of controversies and dilemmas that museums face when working with collections, exhibitions, programs, boards and administrations, etc. (SBA)

302 Creative exhibits: the power of displays (4 credits)
This hands-on course--using the Yager Museum's collections - - examines the theory and practice of researching and developing exhibits. Although all aspects of exhibit development are addressed, students, with assistance from the museum's staff, will focus on researching a small exhibit that will be installed in one of the museum's galleries. Teamwork, research and the writing of interpretive text will be emphasized. (CPA)

304 Places of learning: museums and education (4 credits)
This hands-on course examines the community-service aspect of the museum's mission. Although education theory regarding diverse audiences is examined, the primary emphasis is on implementing and conducting interpretive programs for learners of all ages using the museum's exhibits and collections (SBA)