The Museum Studies minor provides students with a firm foundation in the theory and practice of museums. We give particular attention to community-oriented approaches to museum and exhibitionary practice, and help prepare our students for employment in a wide spectrum of museums and cultural institutions. Our students gain first hand, practical familiarity with exhibition design and installation; database, registration and conservation skills; and museum public programs. In addition to coursework in museum theory, exhibition design, and collections management, students undertake internships in professional museum settings. Some students do internships at the university’s own Museum of Culture and Environments, while others do internships off campus in many different kinds of museums, galleries, and non profit organizations
Although the museum studies minor is administered by the Department of Anthropology and Museum Studies, the minor may be taken by students in a great range of majors across the university. Recent minors have majored in such disciplines as Anthropology, Art, Creative Writing, History, and Theater.
Please contact the museum studies advisor, Dr. Mark Auslander (AuslanderM@cwu.edu) or any other Museum Studies faculty if you have any questions about the minor or a career in museums!
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