Museum Studies

Are you interested in designing exhibits, organizing collections, conserving artifacts, or developing educational programming, in museums or other organizations?  Museum Studies might be right for you!

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 Environment, 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, Aviation, Creative Writing, Geological Sciences, History, Philosophy, and Theater.

Please contact the Museum Studies advisor if you have any questions about the minor or a career in museums!  The museum studies advisor is Dr. J. Hope Amason (, except during her 2024-25 sabbatical leave, when it will be Dr. Patrick Lubinski (

See the Museum Studies Minor catalog page.

Learn about Museum Studies internships.

Explore activities of some past and present Museum Studies students.

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