Add a Museum Studies minor to your Hartwick experience and get hands-on experience handling artifacts as you curate public exhibits for the Yager Museum. You’ll explore the archives to unravel some of the mysteries hidden in the artifacts and develop cross-collaboration skills that can be applied to any major.
MANY CAREER PATHS
Whether you love fine art or Pop Art, Indigenous artifacts or Renaissance paintings, you’ll develop the skills to work in museum collections, programming, and advancement.
Museum Studies prepares you for more than just museum work. You could lead workshops on visual thinking strategies for teachers at BOCES, use your museum management skills in budgeting and human resources, or apply your skills at creating exhibits at a business trade show.
As a Museum Studies minor, you’ll help curate exhibits and create public programming in the College’s Yager Museum. J Term courses on campus allow for cross-collaboration with other departments, while experiences abroad let you learn from collections across the globe. You’ll get real-world work experience with museums, from fine art to historic artifacts and living history – with internships at museums from downtown Oneonta and Cooperstown to the heart of New York City and beyond!
AN EDUCATION BUILT FOR YOU
FlightPath is at the heart of Museum Studies, with a focus on experiential learning and direct mentoring from faculty with decades of experience. You’ll have access to the Museum’s collections – from Warhol photographs to South American Indigenous artifacts – much of which has yet to be fully cataloged. Student research helps expand our knowledge of the collections - you could even make some surprising discoveries!
WHERE WILL A HARTWICK DEGREE TAKE YOU?
Like Alexa Wichowsky ’16, Development Associate at the Norman Rockwell Museum. Alexa was the recipient of the Dornburgh Memorial Award in History and interned at the Oneida County History Center, The Glimmerglass Festival and the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum.
Like Karl Wietzel ’17, the Manager of Education at the Nantucket Historical Association. He co-curated “Along the Rails: Willard Yager, Native American Art, and 20th Century Tourism” and went on to get his MA at the Cooperstown Graduate Program.
Like Carlie Doggette ’18, now the Exhibits Registrar at the Missouri Historical Society. Carlie was a Museum Assistant at the Yager Museum, and, during her internship at the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, she wrote the script draft for exhibitions, combining her research with storytelling to highlight the artifacts on display.