College of Arts and Letters2012-2013

Department of Comparative Cultural Studies

Museum Studies, Minor

This minor provides you with an understanding of the theory and practice central to the study of museums and museum careers.


What Can I Do with a Minor in Museum Studies?

Would you like to work in a museum or gallery one day? The Museum Studies minor will give you a chance to do just that. You'll integrate knowledge from the minor with your primary field of study-this minor would pair well with Studio Art or Comparative Cultural Studies or even a science. You will be exposed to theory and practice in the study of, and careers in, museums.

You'll take a course in your major area relating to museums, and have the opportunity to work, and earn credit, as an intern in a gallery, museum, or other institution. In addition, you'll complete a research project demonstrating a fusion of your classroom and real world experience-a paper on museums, an exhibition, or an archival project.

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.


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


Minor Requirements
    • Internship Concentration
      The Internship Concentration involves work as an intern in a gallery, museum, or appropriate institution.
    • Project ConcentrationThe Project Concentration includes work as an intern and the completion of a research paper on museums and/or museology, an exhibition, or some other appropriate endeavor (such as an archival or registrarial project) approved by the minor advisor, which will synthesize classroom and real world experiences.

  • 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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