Museum Studies Minor

A unique, hands-on museum studies minor.

Yager Museum of Art & Culture

Hartwick is one of the few colleges in the country that offers a minor in museum studies. The museum studies minor is for students interested in learning about museums as part of our cultural heritage or developing a museum-related career.

Where a background in museum studies can take you.

Students usually take museum-studies courses in conjunction with a major associated with museums (anthropology, art, art history, business administration, education, history, or one of the sciences).

Students are strongly encouraged to pursue internships or volunteer work. The minor prepares students for graduate school or entry-level positions.

Putting museum studies to work

Hartwick alumni at work.

Museum studies minors are employed in wide variety of interesting fields. Hartwick alumni work for:

  • Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
  • Corning Museum of Glass
  • Nantucket Historical Association
  • New York State Museum
  • Norman Rockwell Museum
  • Phoenix Zoo
  • Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library

Alumni in graduate school.

Many go on to study at the most prestigious graduate schools in the nation:

  • State University of New York at Oneonta, Cooperstown Graduate Program
  • Sotheby’s Institute of Art
  • William & Mary College, Graduate Program in American Studies

Beyond the basic.

Like all Hartwick students, museum studies minors learn by doing. They study in small classes with expert faculty. They travel the world. They get ready for meaningful careers and interesting lives. They thrive.

A closer look.

Coursework is complemented by use of exhibitions and permanent collections in the Yager Museum of Art & Culture and Foreman Gallery.


Douglas Kendall

Museum Coordinator, and Coordinator, Museum Studies Minor Program

Quentin Lewis

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