College of Arts and Letters2016-2017

Department of Comparative Cultural Studies

Museum Studies, Minor

Do you love museums? Have you always thought you might want to work in one? This minor offers students the opportunity to explore careers in a quickly expanding and exciting field. Courses cover museum history and tasks museum professionals perform, and internships offer hands-on, real-world experiences.

Careers

What Can I Do with a Minor in Museum Studies?

This minor pairs well with majors in Studio Art, Interior Design, History, Comparative Cultural Studies, Anthropology, or even a science. You will be exposed to theory and practice in the study of museums, and become prepared for graduate work in museum studies and a profession in a museum, gallery, auction house, etc.


University Requirements

  • A minor is earned in conjunction with a bachelor's degree.

    To receive a minor (18 to 24 units) at Northern Arizona University, you must complete a planned group of courses from one or more subject matter areas with a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0. At least 12 units of the minor must be unique to that minor and not applied to any other minor.

Overview

In addition to University Requirements:

  • Complete individual plan requirements.

Please note that you may be able to use some courses to meet more than one requirement. Contact your advisor for details.

Minimum Units for Completion 18
Major GPA C
Fieldwork Experience/Internship Required
Research Optional

Purpose Statement
 
The purpose of the MST minor is to give students the opportunity to explore careers in the quickly expanding and exciting field of museum studies. Courses cover museum history and tasks museum professionals perform, and internships offer hands-on, real-world experiences.  Through their exposure to both theory and practice, students become prepared for graduate work in museum studies and a profession in a museum, gallery, auction house, etc.
 
Student Learning Outcomes
Students who complete the MST minor will demonstrate and/or gain:

  • an understanding of the history and functions of various types of museums
  • an understanding of key areas of museum practice, to include curatorship, cultural property law and associated practices, museum education, audience development, archives management, conservation and preservation
  • the key features of museum professionalism, to include professional standards and ethics, professional societies and organizations, and career development resources

Details

Minor Requirements
  • Be aware that some courses may have prerequisites that you must also take. For prerequisite information click on the course or see your advisor.

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