Museum Studies Program

Hartwick College museum studies students installing exhibit


Hartwick offers one of relatively few undergraduate Museum Studies programs in the country. The program is for students interested in understanding the ways museums are used as intellectual resources, preservers and presenters of the world’s cultures; as well as gaining perspectives on how museums reflect positions of power and provide diverse educational opportunities by offering many different modes of learning. In addition, Hartwick’s Yager Museum of Art and Culture is not only an outstanding college museum, but also an experiential learning classroom and lab.

Please note: Hartwick College focuses on offering fall, January, and spring term undergraduate courses in person, however circumstances may require us to offer a small number of courses in this department through distance education. In times of emergency, following regulatory guidelines, all classes may temporarily need to be delivered through distance education, including online. We also offer a slate of courses online in the summer to help our students make progress towards their degrees. With support from an academic advisor, students needing particular courses may have other online options as well. If you have questions about the way courses are delivered in your program, please contact your Department or Program Chair.


Exciting Student Outcomes

Hartwick museum studies students gain the theoretical framework and practical experience needed for success in graduate school or employment.


Mark Twain House & Museum
Noah Hurt ’24

Saint Albans Museum
Madeline Pressnall ’24

Rochester Museum & Science Center
Alyssa Schaeffer ’24

Franklin Railroad & Community Museum
Madilynne Smith ’25

Dyckman Farmhouse Museum
Gabriel Valenzuela ’23

Graduate School

Cooperstown Graduate Program,
State University of New York at Oneonta
Leanne Schmadtke ’15
Alexa Wichowsky ’16
Karl Wietzel ’17
Carlie Doggette ’18

Sotheby’s Institute of Art
Arantza Orengo Green ’17

William & Mary College,
Graduate Program in American Studies
Anna Thompson ’10


Visitor Services Assistant
New York State Museum
Anna Doren ’17

Mill and Collections Specialist
Hanford Mills Museum
Kevin Jensen ’20

Programs Manager
American Bookbinders Museum
Alexandra Sarette ’21

Assistant Director of Philanthropy and Donor Engagement
Wave Hill
Leanne Schmadtke ’15

Collections Manager
The Trustees of Reservations
Anna Thompson ’10

Development Associate
Norman Rockwell Museum
Alexa Wichowsky ’16

Historic Sites Manager
Nantucket Historical Association
Karl Wietzel ’17


Ready to be a museum studies minor?  Here’s what it takes.

Review all the requirements in the College Catalog.


Hartwick’s Museum Studies courses provide students with theoretical and practical courses and experiences that enable them to understand and value the role museums play in our society.  Students create exhibitions and programs and learn collections care and management through practical, hands-on experiences at the Yager Museum of Art and Culture and the Foreman Gallery.

Review the current course offerings in the College Catalog.

Special Opportunities

Museum Assistant positions in the College’s Yager Museum of Art & Culture, national internship placements, and the Museum and Gallery Club offer students opportunities for hands-on museum work.

Meet Our Faculty

Douglas Kendall

Museum Coordinator, and Coordinator, Museum Studies Minor Program

Quentin Lewis

Curator of the Yager Museum of Art & Culture, and Lecturer in Museum Studies

Still Have Questions?

Contact Douglas Kendall, Museum Coordinator, & Coordinator, Museum Studies Minor Program