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Courses that fulfill
General Education Requirements:

  • (A-AR) = Analytical - Abstract Reasoning
  • (A-QR) = Analytical - Quantitative
  • (D-D) = Diversity - Domestic
  • (D-I) = Diversity - International
  • (D-L) = Diversity - Language
  • (ES) = Earlham Seminar
  • (IE) = Immersive Experience
  • (RCH) = Research
  • (W) = Wellness
  • (WI) = Writing Intensive
  • (AY) = Offered in Alternative Year

*MUSE 115 ART: CONTEXT AND MEANING — PART ONE (3 credits) 
Presents an introduction of world architecture, painting and sculpture from prehistoric times to the 14th century. Draws from a variety of academic disciplines and is designed to increase appreciation and understanding of art as it relates to its cultural context. Develops critical thinking and analytical skills in response to visual experience. (D-I)

*MUSE 116 ART: CONTEXT AND MEANING — PART TWO (3 credits) 
Presents an introduction of world architecture, painting and sculpture from the Renaissance to the present. Draws from a variety of academic disciplines and is designed to increase appreciation and understanding of art as it relates to its cultural context. Develops critical thinking and analytical skills in response to visual experience. Also listed as ART 116. (D-I)

*MUSE 150 EARLHAM SEMINAR (4 credits)
Offered for first-year students. Topics vary. (ES)

*MUSE 210 APPLIED MUSEUM MARKETING AND COMMUNICATIONS (1-3 credits)
Students in this applied team use their communication and marketing skills by communicating with our communities through regular webpage, blog, Facebook and Twitter updates; coordinating with local press, including newspapers, for coverage of events; creating and distributing other advertisements around campus and Richmond; preparing an annual newsletter; and preparing a report covering the semester’s marketing activities and their efficacy (including a comparative analysis of data related to web traffic and visitor attendance) and suggesting future directions (due during exam week each semester or prior to a JMM Advisory Board meeting). Members undergo IT training for managing Earlham-based web pages, and read and sign our Social Media Policy.

*MUSE 215 ENGAGING AUDIENCES WITH OUTREACH AND INTERPRETATION (4 credits)
This course will examine the fields of interpretation and engagement, in which mission-driven programs are used to creatively engage communities at a variety of institutions, especially educational non-profits and governmentally operated sites (e.g. parks, museums, libraries). (IE)

MUSE 217 EXHIBIT DESIGN (3 credits)
This course introduces the principles of exhibition design. It will examine the role exhibitions have in communicating knowledge and explore a number of design techniques across disciplines. Students consider the entire process from initial concept through research, design, and fabrication with a considerable focus on narrative aspects of exhibition story telling and the various techniques available to enhance visitor experiences. Techniques for engaging diverse audiences including technology, furniture and lighting, flow, and programming will be considered. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or above. MUSE 224 or another MUSE course is recommended.

MUSE 224 THE USES AND ABUSES OF MUSEUMS (3 credits)
An inquiry into the development, philosophy and management of museums, especially as they relate to education, interpretation, research and conservation. Through lectures, discussions and field trips, students investigate science, natural history, art and history museums. (AY)

MUSE 231 MUSEUM FABRICATION (0-3 credits)
Students in this applied team design, create and maintain objects used for exhibits, research projects, and education that support the Joseph Moore Museum. Students develop skills in project design, teamwork, 3-D fabrication, design, graphics, structures, woodworking, metalwork, scientific illustration and more. The team meets weekly, and members undergo training and certification on large equipment and handtools.

MUSE 241 CARE AND USE OF COLLECTIONS (4 credits)
Natural history, or biological, collections have provided the foundation for the field of biology and the discovery of the processes that underlie the diversity of life on earth. The importance of such collections over time cannot be overstated. Yet formal training in caring for, expanding, and using biological collections is surprisingly lacking. This course aims to introduce students to the wealth of possibilities that exist in biological collections and the practical responsibilities of preserving them. As part of a team, students will gain hands-on practice accessioning, organizing, databasing, communicating with the public about, and conducting research with specimens in the collection. The second half of the course is devoted to research uses of biological collections. Students will read examples in the primary scientific literature of how research using natural history collections has made important contributions to our understanding of the natural world. Because students will read scientific articles that use museum specimens, they should feel comfortable with reading scientific papers and with the content covered in BIOL 111 (i.e. achieved a grade of B or better). Prerequisites: BIOL 111 or instructor approval. Also listed as BIOL 241.

MUSE 282 THAT BELONGS IN A MUSEUM (3 credits)
In an iconic scene in Indiana Jones: Last Crusade, Indiana Jones mutters the famous phrase, “That belongs in a museum!” when a relic is forcibly taken from him. Though the scene is Hollywood fiction, it does serve to highlight real tensions that exist in our culture surrounding antiquities. Simultaneously viewed as objects of material, cultural and aesthetic value, ancient objects occupy a nebulous space in the collective imagination. This course is designed to introduce students to the types of artifacts that survive from antiquity and to explore some of the special challenges associated with antiquities collections. Students will become familiar with the most common materials and methods used in antiquity to create artifacts, develop an understanding of the archaeological processes of deposition, excavation and on-site processing of objects, and study a range of issues associated with the conservation, storage, display and publication of ancient artifacts by museums and universities. Also listed as ANCS 282.

MUSE 317 MUSEUM EXHIBIT DESIGN (3 credits)
This course introduces the principles of exhibition design. It will examine the role exhibitions have in communicating knowledge and explore a number of design techniques across disciplines. Students will consider the entire process from initial concept through research, design and fabrication with a considerable focus on narrative aspects of exhibition story telling and the various techniques available to enhance visitor experiences. Techniques for engaging diverse audiences including technology, furniture and lighting, flow, and programming will be considered. Prerequisite: Sophomore Standing or above is required. MUSE 224 or another MUSE course is recommended.

*MUSE 400/402 CURATORIAL PRACTICUM (3 credits)
The student will gain experience in many facets of museum practice including art handling, documentation, research, writing and presentation Working one-on-one with the Curator of the Earlham Art Collection, each student will select a group of works from the Collection to study. The course will culminate in an exhibit in Ronald Gallery or the Landrum Bolling Center. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor. Also listed as ART 400/402. (RCH)

MUSE 484 FORD/KNIGHT RESEARCH PROJECT (1-4 credits)
Collaborative research with faculty funded by the Ford/Knight Program.

MUSE 485 INDEPENDENT STUDY (1-3 credits)
Investigation of a specific topic conceived and planned by the student in consultation with a faculty supervisor. Culminates in a comprehensive report prepared in the style of a thesis or research paper.

MUSE 486 STUDENT RESEARCH (1-3 credits)
An investigation of a specific topic conceived and planned by the student in consultation with a faculty supervisor. Culminates in a museum exhibit, design or comprehensive report prepared in the style of a thesis or a scientific paper. (IE)