MUSEUMS 301 (Museums and Society) and MUSEUMS 401 (Contemporary Issues in Museums) provide a theoretical/historical overview of museums as examined through the constructs of institutions, objects and collections, and society as well as an examination of the critical issues confronting museums in the contemporary world.
MUSEUMS 409 (Practicum in Museums) is available to students who have declared the minor in Museum Studies. MUSEUMS 409 establishes a critical bridge between theory and practice and—through the use of mentoring and engagement with the principles of reflective practice—will assure that students draw the most from this experiential requirement. Based on the premise that theoretical grounding is necessary for a successful practicum experience, students will not be allowed to seek MUSEUMS 409 credit for museum-based practical experiences before completing MUSEUMS 301. Students intersted in acquiring additional museum experience may repeat MUSEUMS 409 for a total of six credits. In such instances the second three credits may replace one of the required three elective courses.
Three elective courses chosen in consultation with, and approved by, the museum studies faculty advisor. These courses are selected from designated 300- and 400-level courses in the three thematic areas (objects and collections, institutions, and society) of the program. Students must elect one course from at least two of the three areas. A list of approved electives may be found here. Additional "one-term only" electives are approved each term and students also have the ability to petition for specific courses that may be relevant.
Prerequisites to the Undergraduate Minor in Museum Studies
None per se, although individual courses elected to meet the requirements of the minor may have course prerequisites. Students will be eligible to declare their desire to pursue the undergraduate minor in Museum Studies upon completion of MUSEUMS 301 (sophomore standing required).