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Museum and Exhibition Studies

Website: School of Humanities and Global Studies


Current as of June 2021

About the Minor

The Museum and Exhibition Studies Minor serves students interested in learning about the role that museums and other exhibition spaces serve in society. It is a first step for those interested in careers in museums, whether in education, research, design, development, or communications.  The program combines historical study with site visits, case studies, and the choice of an internship or the opportunity to engage in the analysis of emerging museum and exhibition practices through a guided independent study.

Outcomes of the Minor

Goal:   The goal of the minor program in Museum and Exhibition Studies is to introduce students to the role that museums and other exhibition spaces serve in society and engage students in the practice of museum and exhibition work.

Outcomes:  The program has three measurable Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs):

  1. students will demonstrate knowledge of the history, organization, practices, and purposes of museums and related institutions
  2. students will demonstrate understanding of a variety of approaches to identifying, interpreting, and exhibiting images, objects, and archival documents
  3. students will demonstrate awareness of different cultural patterns and contexts and how these have shaped museum and exhibition practices
Requirements of the Minor
  1. Students are required to take 5 courses (i.e., 20 credits) to complete this minor.
  2. At least half of the courses fulfilling a minor must be distinct from the student’s major. That is, three of the five courses required for a minor cannot be used towards fulfillment of major requirements. A School Core does not need to be completed for a minor. Minors are open to students regardless of school affiliation.