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2017-2018 Course Catalog


This catalog was created on Monday, May 27, 2019.

Museum Studies

As centers of research and education, and as repositories for cultural heritage, museums play an important role in our society. The museum studies interdisciplinary area provides students with a structure through which to learn about museums as a complement to both their major and the liberal arts as a whole. In addition, museums and related institutions provide career opportunities that take full advantage of a liberal arts degree. Museum professionals must be able to gain expertise in diverse areas, they must enjoy both independent research and interaction with the public, they must be both creative and analytical, and they must be able to operate within (and even to run) complex and often under-funded organizations.

The museum studies interdisciplinary area is designed to introduce students to the historical and theoretical foundations of museums and other preservation and research institutions, as well as to provide them with the practical skills and knowledge needed to work in such institutions. It is intended to be a supplement to a major in any area. This IA will have a clear use for students in such fields as anthropology, art, art history, natural sciences, and history, but students across the divisions will find the interdisciplinary area useful if they have an interest in pursuing a career in the museum field.

Required for the interdisciplinary area in museum studies

  1. Two core courses:
    1. ANTH 222: Historic Preservation Theory and Practice
    2. ARHI 315: Introduction to the Art Museum
  2. Three additional six-unit courses with significant museum studies content, selected in consultation with museum studies faculty. See the following list for suggested courses that would fulfill this requirement. Students are strongly encouraged to take at least one course that emphasizes visual analysis.
  3. At least one from:
    1. Six units of ANTH 422: Archaeological Collections Management
    2. Six units of independent study working in the Wriston Art Gallery or the University Archives
    3. A six-unit internship at a museum, historic site, or similar institution, from an appropriate academic department