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The Minor

Students choosing a minor in Museum Studies must complete these courses:

  • MUSE 224 The Uses and Abuses of Museums
  • Applied Experience
      • Internship
        In accordance with College guidelines, a minimum of 130 working hours is required to earn three credits. The internship can be taken any time but preferably after MUSE 224. Museum professionals emphasize that this experience is crucial for exploring and deciding whether to pursue museum work. Internships should focus on one or more of the five functions of a museum: collections, conservation, research, interpretation and/or education. Ideally, the internship is spent at a museum accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. Proposals for internships are reviewed by the Museum Studies Committee.


      • Applied group membership at the JMM
        Focusing on collections, outreach, marketing, or exhibit design and construction (i.e. Fab Lab). The animal care applied team is not eligible to satisfy this requirement. Collections and Outreach are dependent upon faculty staffing and will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Students must apply to the applied teams and are not guaranteed acceptance. Completing this requirement over two semesters of 4.5 hours/week is typical and highly recommended, rather than one semester of 9 hours/week which can’t be guaranteed.
        • MUSE 210 Applied Museum Marketing and Communication
        • MUSE 231 Museum Fabrication
  • Two of the following courses:
      • MUSE 215 Engaging Audiences with Outreach and Interpretation
      • MUSE 217 Museum Exhibit Design
      • MUSE/BIOL 241 Care and Use of Collections
      • MUSE/ANCS 282 That Belongs in a Museum
      • MUSE 317 Museum Exhibit Design
      • MUSE 399 May Term
      • MUSE 484 Ford/Knight Research Project
      • MUSE 485 Independent Study
      • MUSE 486 Student Research
      • EDUC 120 Foundations of Education
      • EDUC 212 Leadership and Group Facilitation
      • EDUC 248 Theory and Practice of Education
      • MGMT 312 Leadership and Change
      • MGMT 325 Nonprofits and Civil Society
      • MGMT 354 Entrepreneurial Marketing
      • MGMT 361 Social Media and Marketing
  • Two (or three) of the following courses in one of the focal subject areas as described below: Ancient and Classical Studies, Art, Biology, History, or Geology. It is recommended that the subject area corresponds to the student’s major, but this is not required. Courses taken to satisfy the core portion of the minor above may not also be used to satisfy the disciplinary requirements below (e.g. Care and Use of Collections can only be used to satisfy one requirement for the minor).
      • Ancient and Classical Studies
        • ANCS 241 Ancient Mediterranean History
        • ANCS/MUSE 282 That Belongs in a Museum
        • ANCS 315 Pompeii: Life & Death
        • ANCS 350 Words and Works of Ancient Rome
        • ANCS 351 Words and Works of Ancient Greece
      • Art
        • MUSE/ART 115 Art: Context and Meaning — Part I 
        • MUSE/ART 116 Art: Context and Meaning — Part II
        • MUSE 402 Curatorial Practicum
      • Biology
        • BIOL 240 Care and Uses of Collections
        • BIOL 346 Vertebrate Zoology
        • BIOL 348 Ornithology
        • BIOL 350 Field Botany
        • BIOL 362 Biology of Insects
      • History
        • One elective course of at least three credits
        • One upper-level course designated as "Research Credit"
      • Geology
        • GEOL 314 Interpreting Earth History
        • GEOL 315 Earth Materials

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