Museum Studies, Minor College of Letters & Science

The Minor in Museum Studies combines study of the history of collecting and museum theory with practical training in curatorship, interpretive writing, and exhibition development. The minor introduces students to the historical development and current practices of all types of museums, including museums of natural history, science, anthropology, art, and heritage sites. Students develop an understanding of issues shared by all types of museums: organization and interpretation of exhibitions, audience engagement, the ethics of display and conservation, the political position of museums in their communities and the role of museums as shapers of culture. Students gain practical skills related to careers in museums, galleries, and other cultural institutions. Students take three electives from a list of twelve choices. The electives divide into roughly five areas representing different aspects of museum work:

  • Practices of contemporary museums.
  • Issues of cultural property and heritage.
  • Public relations and marketing.
  • Writing skills relevant to museum work.
  • Skills related to exhibition planning, design, and installation. 
Required Courses
AHI 101Understanding Museum Practices4
AHI 110Cultural History of Museums 4
Required Courses Subtotal8
Choose three:12
Exhibition Practicum
Art, Architecture, & Human Rights
The Museum in the Age of Spectacle
Undergraduate Seminar in Art History: Cultures of Collecting
ANT 186A
Fundamentals of Marketing Management
Strategic Communication in Public Relations
Exhibition Design
Narrative Environments
Principles of Theatrical Design: Scenery
Principles of Theatrical Design: Lighting
Writing in the Disciplines: Fine Arts
Introduction to Professional Editing
Electives Subtotal12
Total Units20