Kirsten Olds, Associate Professor of Art History and
Associate Dean, Kendall College of Arts and Sciences
The interdisciplinary minor in museum studies is designed for students who wish to enhance their knowledge of the history and role of museums as well as issues of cultural heritage and historic preservation. It prepares students for graduate study leading to careers in museum work by exploring the curation of material culture including ethnographic, artistic and historical artifacts, everyday museum operations, and museology’s current theoretical, political, and ethical concerns.
The museum studies minor requires 15 hours of coursework with at least 12 hours at the 3000 level and above. The requirements include an introductory course in museum studies and an internship at an approved museum. Courses must be selected from the list of core courses and approved electives below and must come from at least two academic disciplines. Electives should be chosen in light of a student’s particular interest in museum studies. Course not listed may be approved as minor electives by the program coordinator.