Museum Studies Minor

Museum Studies

Bachelor of Arts
Bachelor of Fine Arts
Bachelor of Science

Program Advisors: Dr. Billie Follensbee, Professor, Art and Design, Museum Studies Program Coordinator; Dr. Mitzi Kirkland-Ives, Associate Professor, Art and Design; Dr. Janice Green, Professor, Biology; Dr. Judith Meyer, Associate Professor, Geography, Geology and Planning; Dr. Elizabeth Sobel, Professor, Sociology and Anthropology; Dr. F. Scott Worman, Assistant Professor, Sociology and Anthropology.

The Museum Studies minor is an interdisciplinary minor which will introduce students to the variety of careers available in museum studies as well as provide basic background training in a variety of museum-related fields, allowing students to continue their studies at the graduate level or by working in museums themselves. This minor is also appropriate for students interested in public affairs, community development, or other fields leading to a career working with governmental or private institutions. By providing students with a background education in a variety of types of museums, how museums operate, and the role of different types of museums, students will develop an appreciation for these and other public and private institutions.

  1. Required Courses (9 hours): MST 388(3)*, 488(3)*, 495(3). Students must register for either the ART course code or the MST course code for 388 and 488; the ART course code will count as an Art History course, while the MST course code will count as a Museum Studies course. Students completing a museum- or archives-related internship(s) in any one of the related disciplines may substitute this for the MST 495 internship, provided the internship consists of three credit hours total and fulfills all of the requirements for MST 495, and with the approval of a Museum Studies advisor.
    *ART/MST 388 and ART/MST 488 may not be double-counted between an Art History major and a Museum Studies minor; in the event that a student is both an Art History major and a Museum Studies minor, these two course will count only for the Museum Studies minor.
  2. Complete nine additional hours from one of the following tracks. Only two electives may overlap with courses used for any major or minor. Appropriate substitutions are allowed within a track with the approval of a Museum Studies advisor.
    1. Art History Track: Appropriate prerequisite (ART 272(3) or ART 273(3)) and two of the following: ART 378(3), 382(3), 385(3), 386(3), 475(3), 478(3), 479(3); 480(3) or 484(3); 485(3)
    2. Biology Track: BIO 215(2) or two taxonomy courses, and two of the following: BIO 485(1-3), 501(2), 509(4), 527(1-4), 561(2), 562(4), 564(2)
    3. Geoscience Track: Select one GRY course, one GLG course, and one additional course from the following: GEO 363(4); GRY 301(3), 318(3), 320(3), 348(3); GLG 314(3), 332(3), 333(4), 350(3), 412(4), 415(4); PLN 573(3)
    4. Anthropology-Archaeology Track: ANT 305(3) and two of the following: ANT 345(3), 351(3-6), 355(3), 360(3), 375(3), 397(1-3) (when applicable), 490(1-6) (when applicable), 545(3), 550(3), 555(3), 598(3) (when applicable)
    5. Anthropology-World Cultures Track: ANT 100(3) or ANT 303(3) and two of the following: ANT 330(1-3), 331(3), 332(3), 334(3), 335(3), 490(1-6) (when applicable)
    6. Anthropology-Native Americans Track: Three of the following: ANT 325(3), 330(1-3), 351(3-6), 360(3), 490(1-6) (when applicable), 505(3), 525(3), 598(3) (when applicable)