Museum Studies


Museum Studies

Bachelor of Applied Science
Bachelor of Arts
Bachelor of Fine Arts
Bachelor of Music
Bachelor of Music Education (Non-Certifiable)
Bachelor of Science
Bachelor of Science in Education (Non-Certifiable)
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Bachelor of Social Work

Program Advisors:

  • Dr. Billie Follensbee, Art and Design, Museum Studies Program Coordinator
  • Dr. Mitzi Kirkland-Ives, Art and Design
  • Dr. Michelle Bowe, Biology
  • Ms. Melanie Carden-Jessen, School of Earth, Environment, and Sustainability
  • Dr. Elizabeth Sobel, Sociology and Anthropology
  • Dr. F. Scott Worman, Sociology and Anthropology

The Museum Studies minor is an interdisciplinary minor that introduces students to the variety of careers available in museum studies as well as providing some basic background training in a variety of museum-related fields, allowing students to expand or continue their studies at the undergraduate or graduate level or by working in museums themselves. This minor is also appropriate for students interested in public affairs, community development, or other fields leading to a career working with governmental or private institutions. By providing students with some background education in a variety of types of museums, how museums operate, and the role of different types of museums, students will develop an appreciation for these and other public and private institutions.

  1. Required Courses (9 hours): MST 388(3)*, 495(3), and either MST 488(3)* or 380(3) or 381(3) or 382(3). With advisor approval, MST 496(3), Special Topics in Museum Studies, may substitute MST 488, 380, 381 or 382. Students must register for either the ART course code or the MST course code for 388 and 488; the ART course code will count as an Art History course, while the MST course code will count as a Museum Studies course.

    Students completing a museum- or archives-related internship(s) in any one of the track area disciplines may substitute this for the MST 495 internship, with the approval of a Museum Studies advisor, provided the internship consists of three credit hours total and fulfills all of the requirements for MST 495.

    *ART/MST 388 and ART/MST 488 may not be double-counted between a Museum Studies BA option, a Museum Studies minor, and/or a Museum Studies undergraduate certificate and an Art History and Visual Culture BA option and a Museum Studies minor. In the event that a student is doing both an Art History and Visual Culture BA option and a Museum Studies minor and/or undergraduate certificate, these two courses will count only for the Museum Studies minor and/or certificate.

  2. Complete nine additional hours from one of the following tracks. Only two electives may overlap with courses used for any major or minor. Appropriate substitutions are allowed within a track with the approval of a Museum Studies advisor.
    1. Art History Track: Appropriate prerequisite (ART 272 or ART 273) and two of the following: ART 471(3), 475(3), 476(3), 478(3); 480(3) or 484(3); 485(3), 486(3), 487(3).
    2. Biology Track: Two taxonomy courses and selected courses from the following, for a total of 8 to 10 hours: BIO 485(1-3), 501(2), 509(4), 527(1-4), 561(2), 562(4), 564(2).
    3. Geoscience Track: Select one GRY course, one GLG course, and one additional course from the following: GEO 363(4); GRY 301(3), 318(3), 320(3), 348(3); GLG 314(3), 332(3), 333(4), 350(3), 412(4), 415(4); PLN 573(3).
    4. Anthropology-Archaeology Track: ANT 305(3) and two of the following: ANT 345(3), 351(3-6), 355(3), 360(3), 375(3), 397(1-3) (when applicable), 490(1-6) (when applicable), 545(3), 550(3), 555(3), 598(3) (when applicable).
    5. Anthropology-World Cultures Track: ANT 100(3) or 303(3) and two of the following: ANT 330(1-3), 332(3), 334(3), 490(1-6) (when applicable).
    6. Anthropology-Native Americans Track: Three of the following: ANT 325(3), 327(3), 330(1-3), 351(3-6), 360(3), 490(1-6) (when applicable), 505(3), 598(3) (when applicable).