This information is part of the Colgate University catalog.
The Department of Art & Art History also offers an interdisciplinary minor in Museum Studies, overseen by an Advisory Board that includes members from Art and Art History, Sociology and Anthropology, History and the University Museums. Courses in Museum Studies may address a range of topics, including actual museums (their histories, architecture, operations, politics, ethics, etc.), collective memory, institutional critique, cultural heritage and/or 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 (see below). All 5 courses may come from the core course list, or 4 from the core course list and 1 from the elective list. One of the core courses must be at the 300-level. The five courses must include selections from at least two of the core Museum Studies departments (Art & Art History, Sociology & Anthropology, and History). If a student majors in Art & Art History, Anthropology, or History and minors in Museum Studies, only one course may count toward their major and the Museum Studies minor. A student minoring in Museum Studies may petition the Advisory Board to have a course not included on the list below count toward the degree if the course addresses one or more of the themes noted above.
For more information about the department, transfer credit, etc., visit the art and art history department page.
Museum Studies Core Courses
- ANTH 103 - Introduction to Archaeology
- ANTH 242 - The Archaeology of Race and Ethnicity in America
- ANTH 244 - Who Owns Culture?
- ANTH 248 - African Art
- ANTH 249 - Art and Architecture of the Ancient Americas
- ANTH 250 - Native Art of North America
- ANTH 253 - Field Methods and Interpretation in Archaeology (RI)
- ANTH 300 - Museum Studies in Native American Cultures (RI)
- ANTH 330 - Deep Time: Representing the Human Past in Contemporary South Africa (Extended Study)
ANTH 356 - Ethical Issues in Native American Archaeology
ARTS 120/MUSE 120 - Making the Mummies Dance: Introduction to Museum Studies
- ARTS 219 - The Economics of Art (AH)
- ARTS 248 - African Art (AH)
- ARTS 249 - Art and Architecture of the Ancient Americas (AH)
- ARTS 250 - Native Art of North America (AH)
- ARTS 255 - Museum Exhibitions: Design, Rhetoric, and Interpretation
- ARTS 345 - Exhibiting the New: 1960-2000 (AH)
- ARTS 348 - Modern Art on Display (AH)
- HIST 251 - The Politics of History (TR)
- Other courses at the Advisory Committee's discretion
- MUSE 300 - Museum Curating
- ARTS 226 - Nature's Order: Baroque Arts 1550-1750 (AH)
- ARTS 240 - Art and Theory 1950-1980 (AH)
- ARTS 243 - Art & Theory 1980 to Present (AH)
- ARTS 244 - Temples, Caves, and Stupas of India (AH)
- ARTS 246 - From Emperors to Anime: Pictorial Practices in China and Japan (AH)
- ARTS 344 - Hindu Temples: Architecture and Sculpture, Architecture as Sculpture (AH)
- CLAS 401 - Senior Seminar in the Classics
- CORE 108S - The Story of Colorants
- CORE 118S - Gems
- CORE 189C - Africa
- CORE 111S - The Artful Brain: An Exploration in Neuro-aesthetics
- FSEM - The Artful Brain: An Exploration in Neuroaesthetics
- FSEM - The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World
- FSEM - Lost Stories of the Amazon
- GEOG 319 - Population and Environment
- GEOL 201 - Mineralogy and Geochemistry and GEOL 201L
- GEOL 215 - Paleontology of Marine Life and GEOL 215L
- GEOL 225 - Sedimentology and Surficial Processes and GEOL 225L
- GEOL 301 - Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology and GEOL 301L
- GEOL 310 - Environmental Economic Geology
- HIST 313 - Upstate History (US)
- PHIL 330 - Aesthetics and the Philosophy of Art (VT)
- WRIT 210 - The Rhetoric of Style
- WRIT 225 - Visual Rhetorics
- Other courses at the Advisory Committee's discretion
The Practicum in Museum Studies is an opportunity for students to gain hands-on experience in a non-profit museum, gallery, cultural center, or historical society. This may take the form of paid or volunteer work or an internship, and must be at least 140 hours in duration. It is expected that the practicum will deepen the student's understanding of a substantive aspect or aspects of the institution's operations through work in a department such as Curatorial, Development, Education, Collections Management, Communications, or Archives.
The practicum requirement can be satisfied by an internship at the Picker Art Gallery or Longyear Museum of Anthropology during the academic year or over the summer, or at any other suitable museum. Students who wish to fulfill this requirement at an off-campus institution are required to submit a Practicum Pre-Approval Form in the semester prior to starting that work. Financial support for internships is available through Colgate's Summer Funding, but students should be aware of the competitive nature of these grants and of their early deadlines (usually in late February; for more information and specific deadlines, visit summer funding.
Colgate's Upstate Institute can help students identify ways to fulfill the Museum Studies practicum requirement in central New York. The Upstate Institute supports community-based research through the Summer Field School, and can help place students as full-time paid research Fellows with institutions in the region such as the Munson Williams Proctor Institute, Everson Museum of Art, Oneida County Historical Society, Oneida Community Mansion House, Adirondack Museum, Iroquois Indian Museum, Fenimore Art Museum, the Shako:wi Cultural Center, the Corning Museum of Glass, and the National Abolition Hall of Fame in Peterboro. Visit the Upstate Institute website for more information on these opportunities.
Students should also consult with their Museum Studies minor adviser about the various ways this requirement can be fulfilled, and about opportunities that best meet the individual needs and interests of the student.
Art and Art History Department
For more information about the department, including Faculty, transfer credit, awards, etc., please visit the Art and Art History department catalogue page.