Interdisciplinary in nature, the Museum Studies Minor provides students with the academic foundation and practical experience necessary for entrance into museum careers or related graduate studies. The curriculum explores the manner in which museums are organized and operate and how they care for and interpret their collections, serve their audiences, respond to new technologies, and grapple with complex legal and ethical issues unique to their disciplines. Combining theory with practice, the curriculum incorporates classroom study and directed research with practical experiences in the form of field trips, group projects, and internships.
The minor incorporates the disciplines of American studies, anthropology, art and art history, classics, historic preservation, and history, from which students may select their own concentration preference. The minor is open to students from any discipline in the arts and sciences, education, or business colleges at UMW. The University’s three museums support this minor with internship opportunities. The museum field is a rapidly expanding and vital part of society. The American Association of Museums estimates there are 17,500 museums currently operating in the United States, generating a demand for highly trained museum professionals.
Students interested in enrolling in the minor must contact the chair of the Department of Classics, Philosophy, and Religion for additional details.
Requirements for Museum Studies Minor
Eighteen (18) credits to include: ARTH 315A or HISP 200; ARTH 317 or HISP 463; AMST 499; ANTH 499, ARTH 499, CLAS 499, HISP 499, or HIST 499; 9 elective credits from among AMST 491; ANTH 309, 341, 342;ARTH 317,460; CLAS 380; HISP 208, 303A, 313, 320, 323, 463; HIST 428. Special topics courses in the following disciplines may count in and elective, with the approval of Museum Studies Committee: AMST 350, ANTH 470, CLAS 351/352, HISP 471, HIST 300. 3 credits of AMST, ANTH, ARTH, CLAS, HISP, or HIST 499 may be substituted with approval of Museum Studies Committee. 3 credits in ANTH 481 may be substituted with the approval of Museum Studies Committee.
Students interested in enrolling in the minor must contact the chair of the Classics, Philosophy, and Religion department for additional details.
Museum Studies Course Offerings
The Museum Studies program is a multi-discipline program. Course Descriptions for these classes can be found under the individual disciplines.
ARTH 315 – Art Museum Studies
ARTH 317 – Laboratory in Museum Studies
ANTH 309 – The Anthropology of Art
ANTH 341 – Practices of Memory
ANTH 342 – Touring Cultures
CLAS 380 – Archaeology of the Greek and Roman World
HISP 200 – Introduction to Museum Studies
HISP 208 – Introduction to Conservation
HISP 303 – Archives and Society
HISP 320 – American Forms and Values
HISP 471 – Special Studies in Historic Preservation
HISP 463 – Laboratory in Museum Design and Interpretation
HIST 471 – Special Studies in History
Students should contact the chair of the Department History and American Studies regarding which special topics courses are approved to count towards this minor.