Museum Studies Program
Dr. Isa Helfgott, Program Chair
Course credits for the Museum Studies Minor are divided into four areas: the Museum Studies Core, the Methods Core, Elective Courses, and the Cultural Experience.
The preliminary core of courses in museology and marketing engage students in the ethical and practical challenges facing curatorial institutions. An internship at a museum, archive, or historic preservation institution provides students valuable hands-on experience. The internship combines the practical experience in the operations of the museum and exhibition strategies with firsthand experience handling art, artifacts, archives and specimens.
The choice of methods courses provides students with a solid foundation in the methods and approaches to art, anthropological, historical and scientific objects. Elective courses build breadth of knowledge into the minor. The choice of elective courses allows students to design the minor to complement their major or to enhance their expertise in an area outside their major. The cultural experience requirement--through study abroad courses or through courses in a foreign or indigenous language--encourages students to broaden their points of view and to expand their interpretive skills for future research and practice.