Certificate in Museum Studies

This interdisciplinary program prepares students for careers in the museum field. Drawing on courses from anthropology, the School of Art, Design and Creative Industries (SADCI), nonprofit management (public administration), history and education, students gain an overview of museum practice including administration, collections, exhibits and presentation, and education (such as exhibition, workshops, interpretation, guided tours and school groups). The advisory board periodically refines the content. There is one advisor for all students seeking the certificate program in museum studies. The advisory board designates this individual.

Program Requirements

The program consists of 15 credit hours.

To complete the certificate program, students take the following management-based core courses:

ANTH 606Museum Methods3
ANTH 607Museum Exhibition3
HIST 703Museum Administration3
PADM 870Fundraising and Financial Management for Nonprofit Organizations3
In addition, select 3 credit hours of practice that could include any of the following3
Concepts in Creative Industries: Planning and Preparatorship
Concepts in Creative Industries: Research and Interpretation
Concepts in Creative Industries: Audiences and Outreach
Concepts in Creative Industries: Funding and Promotion
Public Management of Human Resources
Introduction to Local and Community History
Internship/Independent Study
Under the guidance of the student advisor, students may fulfill this requirement by taking existing internship and/or independent study courses from any of the participating programs involved with museums in the community
Total Credit Hours15

In addition, all students are encouraged to develop a portfolio of work products that may include, for example, exhibitions and publications.

For information and application procedures, please contact: Director, Lowell D. Holmes Museum, (316) 978-3195.