Minor in Museum Studies

Who owns the past? How is the value of an object determined? Seek out answers to these and other questions while earning a minor in museum studies.

Undergraduates minoring in museum studies work with faculty members in Art and Art History, Sociology and Anthropology, History, and the University Museums.

Through courses and practicums, students delve into the histories, architecture, operations, politics, and ethics of museums. They explore issues of collective memory, institutional critique, cultural heritage, and public history.

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Colgate is home to a vast collection of natural history specimens. These specimens have been used extensively in teaching throughout the last 150 years, beginning in 1868 with their arrival in the luggage of Albert Bickmore, former professor of zoology and geology and founder of the American Museum of Natural History in New York City.

Rather than thinking about art as something that stands alone, we are now paying more attention to the institutions through which we access these great works of art and how that has framed our perceptions.

Elizabeth Marlowe Associate professor of art and art history