The Museum Studies Concentration within the Art History major is specifically designed for those students who are planning careers in the art world or advanced study in art history, museum studies, or arts management. It connects the history and theory of art collection, exhibition, and interpretation to professional museum practice.
Classes and Seminars
The concentration includes the same introductory and intermediate coursework as the B.A. in Art History. Museum studies students then specialize at the upper levels, with small seminar experiences focused on the history and philosophy of museums and galleries, their institutional structures and practices, and their educational missions and outreach to the public. For a list of courses offered by the department, click here.
Students apply this knowledge in hands-on coursework with the Handwerker Gallery and in credit-bearing internships. Recent experiences include Exhibiting Africa, a seminar course focused on the ways in which museums in the West have exhibited African art since the late nineteenth century, followed by a student-curated exhibition of African tent architecture for the Handwerker Gallery. Previous shows at the Handwerker Gallery on which majors, minors and Museum Studies students collaborated, include one focused on the history of collecting and the transformation of cultural artifacts into art objects, which brought to light the college’s Easby Collection of Pre-Columbian Art, and another on a distinguished local collection of of Inuit Art. These experiences train students in all aspects of museum and gallery work, from research, to exhibition design, installation, and marketing.
Students pursuing the Museum Studies Concentration also have the opportunity to take courses in other departments aimed at preparing them for future career opportunities, such as Grant Writing or Principles of Marketing. All students in the concentration complete an internship in a museum, gallery, or other arts organization.
To learn more about the full Art History B.A. curriculum and what our students do with their degrees, see Majoring in Art History.
For the degree requirements of the Museum Studies Concentration,click here.