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Three elective courses chosen in consultation with, and approved by, a museum studies adviser. The electives offer students the opportunity to take courses to further their knowledge of objects and collections, institutions, and society in many departments in the university. These courses are selected from approved 300- and 400-level courses in the three thematic areas (Objects and Collections, Institutions, and Society).

Students are required to select electives from at least two of the following groups: Institutions; Objects & Collections; Society.


ENVIRON 449 Organizational Theory and Change

MO 324 Organizational Design

RCSSCI 310 Globalization in History: The Making of the Modern World
RCSSCI 311 Contemporary Globalizations
RCSSCI 315 International Grassroots Development
RCSSCI 330 Urban and Community Studies I

SOC 457 Sociology of Nationalism
SOC 458 Sociology of Education
SOC 460 Social Change

Objects & Collections

AMCULT 335 Arts and Culture in American Life

ANTHRCUL 338 The Arts in Anthropological Perspective

COMM 475 Visual Communication

HISTART 306 Exhibiting Mesopotamia
HISTART 334 Women in the Visual Arts: Images and Image-Makers
HISTART 394 Special Topics: Art/Modernity/Asia
HISTART 406 Looking at African Things
HISTART 407 Introduction to Museum Practice
HISTART 415 Studies in Gender and the Arts
HISTART 420 National Identity in American Art

MUSMETH 406 Special Problems in Museum Methods

RCHUMS 305 Cultural Confrontation in the Arts
RCHUMS 333 Art and Culture


ANTHRCUL 330 Culture, Thought, and Meaning
ANTHRCUL 347 Race and Ethnicity
ANTHRCUL 374 Language and Culture

CAAS 362 Expressive Cultures of the Black Atlantic: Vision and Time
CAAS 364 Mass Media and Social Identities

COMM 361 Mediated Communication
COMM 371 Media, Culture, and Society
COMM 473 Cross-Cultural Communication
COMM 381 Media Impact on Knowledge, Values and Behavior

COMPLIT 490 Comparative Cultural Studies

ENGLISH 319 Literature and Social Change
ENGLISH 326 Community Writing and Public Culture

ENVIRON 304 Topics in Culture and Environment

HISTORY 341 Nations and Nationalism

POLSCI 315 Media and Public Opinion
POLSCI 415 Inside Washington

PSYCH 319 Empowering Families and Communities
PSYCH 346 Learning and Memory
PSYCH 347 Perception
PSYCH 348 Psychology of Thinking
PSYCH 356 Educational Psychology

SAC 366 Topics in Film, Television and Popular Culture
SAC 368 Topics in Digital Media Studies
SAC 376 Digital Media Theory
SAC 441 National Cinemas
SAC 485 The Global Screen

Those students seeking elective credit for courses not directly focused on the museum will have the opportunity to make critical ties back to the field through the completion of mentored writing assignments. To receive elective credit for a course that is not explicitly museum-focused, a student will be required to write a brief (5-page) rationale paper that addresses the relationship between the content of the course and issues considered in the two museum studies core courses, MUSEUMS 301 and 401. The academic staff of the Museum Studies Program will evaluate these papers.