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About the Concentration

The Museums Concentration gives students a foundation in the history of museums and the critical issues they engage. Through a combination of academic coursework, practical experience, and independent research, students learn about institutions that shape knowledge and understanding through the collection, preservation, interpretation, and display of artworks, artifacts, manuscripts and archives, and historic sites.

The Museums Concentration supports the study of material culture within a broad range of scholarly disciplines and allows students to explore areas of professional practice through meaningful connections with museums locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally. The Museums Concentration draws on the educational resource of the Smith College Museum of Art's collection of more than 23,000 original works of art, on the expertise of its professional staff, and on the exceptional academic programs of Smith College and the Five Colleges that support learning in this area.