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.
The University Studies Division 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 coursework prepared me for a career within cultural institutions and equipped me with the ability to question these
establishments and my place within them.Claire Pandaleon '18
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and elective courses
available under the
Museum Studies Program
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MUSE students and
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Rather than thinking about art as something that stands alone, we are now paying more attention to the institutions through which we access these objects and how that has framed our perceptions.Elizabeth Marlowe Associate professor of art and art history