About the Concentration
Requirements for the Concentration
- Two required courses:
- MUX 118 History and Critical Issues of Museums
(2-credit lecture course)
- MUX 300 Museums Concentration Research Capstone
- Four electives selected from the list of approved courses; in special circumstances students can seek approval for relevant courses not on the list of Courses Recommended for Museums Concentration Credit. Students are encouraged to choose one elective that provides a foundation in the content area of the museums they are interested in exploring (ex. ARH 140 for art museums, HST 101 for history museums).
- Two practical experiences
The notation of the concentration will be added to the student's transcript once all requirements are complete and certification is received by the registrar. Completed advising checklist forms are due in the registrar's office no later than the end of the examination period of the student's final semester.
The concentration is composed of six courses. In addition to two required courses, a student must take at least four electives, chosen to support the student's area of focus. These electives may include up to two courses that count towards a student's major and one course that counts towards a minor. Students are required to complete an independent research capstone project as part of a seminar course in the spring of the senior year. The total combined coursework will accrue no fewer than 22 credits.
Coursework will be complemented by at least two practical experiences within museums. These may include internships and paid or volunteer work. The elective courses combined with these practical experiences can offer students the opportunity to explore one or more specialized disciplines within the work of museums, such as curatorial practice, museum education, or art conservation.
The culminating experience for the Museums Concentration is an independent research project that synthesizes the student's academic and practical experiences. This project is completed as part of the Museums Concentration Research Capstone seminar during the spring semester of the student's senior year.