This information is part of the Colgate University catalog, 2020–21.
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.
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/ARTS 248 - African Art (AH)
- ANTH 249/ARTS 249 - Art and Architecture of the Ancient Americas (AH)
- ANTH 250/ARTS 250 - Native Art of North America (AH)
- 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 219 - The Economics of Art (AH)
- ARTS 255 - Museum Exhibitions: Design, Rhetoric, and Interpretation
- ARTS 270 - Critical Museum Theory
- ARTS 345 - Exhibiting the New: 1960-2000 (AH)
- ARTS 348 - Modern Art on Display (AH)
- ENGL 388 - British Fiction I, ca. 1700 - 1870
- HIST 251 - The Politics of History (TR)
- MUSE 120/ARTS 120 - Making the Mummies Dance: Introduction to Museum Studies
- MUSE 201 - Museum Curating in the Digital Age
- MUSE 300 - Museum Curating
- Other courses at the Advisory Committee's discretion
- ARTS 110 - Global Contemporary Art (AH)
- ARTS 210 - Contemporary Art and Politics in the Middle East
- ARTS 226 - Nature's Order: Baroque Arts 1550-1750 (AH)
- ARTS 240 - Art and Theory 1960-1990 (AH)
- ARTS 243 - Art & Theory 1980 to Present (AH)
- ARTS 244 - Housing the Sacred in Ancient 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
- 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)
- PCON 355 - Rwanda since the 1994 Genocide
- 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 over the summer. Students who wish to fulfill this requirement at an off-campus institution must discuss their plans with, and get approval from, the director of the Museum Studies Program in advance. They must also identify the supervisor who will write a brief evaluation upon their completion of the work. This evaluation must be submitted to the director of the Museum Studies Program, who will notify the Registrar when this requirement for the minor has been fulfilled. 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).
Students are encouraged to work with Colgate University's Upstate Institute to identify institutions in central New York where they can fulfill the Museum Studies practicum requirement. 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. For more information about programs and opportunities, visit the Upstate Institute web page.
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.
Museum Studies Program
For more information about the department, including Faculty, transfer credit, awards, etc., please visit the Museum Studies catalogue page.