Museum Studies Minor (18 credits)

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The interdisciplinary program in Museum Studies offers students an opportunity to explore the expanding field of museum work and museum research. The Museum Studies minor is designed to provide an introduction to the field, exposure to some of the skills and techniques required of a career museologist and an initial apprenticeship experience in a museum setting.

Today there are roughly 7,000 public museums in the United States, employing career museologists as well as professional curators, exhibit technicians, educators and others. Students contemplating a career in the museum field, or in a discipline such as anthropology, art, biology, geology, history, historic preservation, textiles and clothing, or in federal or state agency service, will find the minor particularly useful.

Students must complete six credits in required courses as well as 12 credits in elective courses. Students must consult their advisor and the chairman of the museology committee for a specific program plan (see below).

A student minoring in Museum Studies may include a maximum of six credits from courses in the major department. Such credits must be in addition to those used to fulfill the requirements for the major. Nine of the total credits in the minor must be upper- division.

  1. Required Coursework:
      1. ANTH 309--(crosslisted as ART 308 , BIOL 308 , GEOL 308 , HIST 309 , THTR 309 )--Museum Studies (3 credits)
  2. Choose one three-credit course from the following:
      1. ANTH 453--Museum Training for Anthropologists
      2. HIST 310--Museum Training for Historians
      3. ART 491R--Studio Internship (3 credits)
  3. Additional Electives (Courses are 3 credits each unless otherwise noted.)
      1. ANTH 345--American Indian Art
      2. ANTH 400A--Indians of North America
      3. ANTH 436R--History of Anthropology
      4. ANTH 439--Seminar in Cultural Anthropology
      5. ANTH 440A--Archaeology of North America
      6. ANTH 449C--Laboratory Methods in Archaeology (2 credits)
      7. ANTH 452R--Collections Research in Anthropology (2 credits)
      8. ART 100--Visual Foundations
      9. ART 260R--Survey of Art History I
      10. ART 261--Survey of Art History II
      11. ART 365--Contemporary Art
      12. ART 462R--History of Medieval Art
      13. ART 464R--High Renaissance and Mannerist Art
      14. ART 465--History of Northern Renaissance Art
      15. ART 467--History of Baroque Art I
      16. ART 468R--History of Baroque Art II
      17. ART 471--18th Century Decorative Arts
      18. ART 472--19th Century Art
      19. ART 473--20th Century Art
      20. ART 475R--History of Photography
      21. ART 493--Individual Studies in Art History
      22. BIOL 430--Field Ornithology (1 credit)
      23. BIOL 431--Ichthyology (2 credits)
      24. BIOL 433--Ornithology
      25. BIOL 434R--Mammalogy (4 credits)
      26. BIOL 437--Entomology
      27. GEOL 101--General Geology
      28. GEOL 102--Historical Geology
      29. GEOL 211R--Earth Materials and Geochemistry I
      30. GEOL 212R--Earth Materials and Geochemistry II
      31. GEOL 461--Paleobiology (4 credits)
      32. HIST 281R--Magic, Marvels & Nature: Premodern World
      33. HIST 282--Introduction to the History of Science II
      34. HIST 311--Introduction to Public History
      35. HIST 315--Trans-Mississippi West
      36. HIST 371--Ancient Civilization I
      37. HIST 372--Ancient Civilization II
      38. HIST 384--The Italian Renaissance
      39. HIST 410A--American Cultural and Intellectual History I
      40. HIST 410B--American Cultural and Intellectual History II
      41. HIST 454--Topics in Medieval History
      42. HP 405--Historical Preservation Survey and Planning
      43. INTD 151--Foundations for Design (4 credits)
      44. INTD 353--History of Interiors
    1. Suggested Emphases:
        1. History Emphasis
      1. ANTH 436R--History of Anthropology
      2. HIST 281--Introduction to the History of Science I
      3. HIST 282--Introduction to the History of Science II
      4. HIST 309--Museum Studies
      5. HIST 310--Museum Training for Historians
      6. HIST 311--Introduction to Public History
      7. HIST 315--Trans-Mississippi West
      8. HIST 371--Ancient Civilization I
      9. HIST 372--Ancient Civilization II
      10. HIST 384--The Italian Renaissance
      11. HIST 410A--American Cultural and Intellectual History I
      12. HIST 410B--American Cultural and Intellectual History II
      13. HIST 454--Topic in Medieval Culture
        1. Science Emphasis
      14. ANTH 309--Museum Studies OR
      15. BIOL 308--Museology
      16. ANTH 453--Museum Training for Anthropologists; OR
      17. BIOL 310--Museum Training for Biologists
      18. ANTH 345--American Indian Art
      19. ANTH 400A--Indians of North America
      20. ANTH 436R--History of Anthropology
      21. ANTH 439--Seminar in Cultural Anthropology (1 to 3 credits)
      22. ANTH 440A--Archaeology of North America
      23. ANTH 440D--Archaeology of Ancient New World Civilizations
      24. ANTH 449C--Laboratory Methods in Archaeology (2 credits)
      25. ANTH 452R--Collections Research in Anthropology (2 credits)
      26. BIOL 430--Field Ornithology (1 credit)
      27. BIOL 431--Ichthyology (2 credits)
      28. BIOL 433--Ornithology
      29. BIOL 434R--Mammalogy (4 credits)
      30. BIOL 437--Entomology
      31. GEOL 461--Paleobiology
      32. HIST 281--Introduction to the History of Science I
      33. HIST 282--Introduction to the History of Science II
        1. Art Exhibits Emphasis
      34. ANTH 345--American Indian Art
      35. ART 100--Visual Foundations
      36. ART 245--Digital Media I
      37. ART 260R--Survey of Art History I
      38. ART 261--Survey of Art History II
      39. ART 308--Museum Studies
      40. ART 309S--Gallery Practices
      41. ART 350S--Advanced Digital Media
      42. ART 397--Advanced Field Study (1-3 credits)
      43. ART 493--Individual Studies in Art History

Students minoring in Museum Studies may use only 6 credits in their major field toward constituting the Museum Studies minor.

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