The Museum Studies Program at Earlham is operated cooperatively by the History, Biology, Geology and Art departments with the Joseph Moore Museum. Our approach is interdisciplinary and is designed to combine a liberal arts education with the practical aspects of museum work. Our aim is to provide a foundation in the history, best practices and critical issues of museology, and to introduce students to a variety of museums and museum activities through experiential education. Students who choose Museum Studies benefit from the staff and collections at Joseph Moore Museum of Natural History, Geology Department, and the Earlham College Art Collections.
Museum Studies students often work as interns or volunteers at the Wayne County Historical Museum and Richmond Art Museum. Off-campus study also provides exceptional opportunities to explore the practical aspects of museum work, such as gallery work as part of the New York Arts program. While participating in the England program, students have completed curatorial, research and exhibition projects at the National Maritime Museum, Museum of London, London Archeological Archive and Research Center, White Cube Gallery, Chisenhale Art Gallery, Leighton House Museum and Imperial War Museum: HMS Belfast.