Museum Studies First Year Courses

Chair: E. Marlowe
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The Division of University Studies offers an interdisciplinary minor in Museum Studies. The program offers its own introductory course plus an upper level, hands-on seminar taught by the curators of our campus museums. Other offerings are drawn primarily from art history, anthropology, and history, as well as a handful of other disciplines across campus, and may address a range of topics, including actual museums (their histories, architecture, operations, politics, ethics, etc.), collective memory, institutional critique, heritage, cultural property, or public history. Courses may also count toward the program if a substantial part of their pedagogy is object-based.

The minor program consists of 5 courses and a practicum or internship, which can be fulfilled at the Picker Art Gallery or Longyear Museum of Anthropology during the academic year or over the summer, or at any other suitable museum during the summer. Museum Studies faculty will help students in the program identify practicum/internship opportunities and sources of funding, if necessary.

For more information about the program, please contact the Program Director, Elizabeth Marlowe (

Click the link below to view MUSE courses available to the Class of 2028.

Museum Studies Courses