Museum Studies

This 20-credit minor in museum studies is designed for students interested in creating a foundation for future graduate work in museum studies or a career in museums and other public exhibitionary spaces, in conjunction with a major or minor in an academic field most often associated with museums, such as anthropology, art, art history, education, history, English, publishing and editing, business administration, or one of the natural sciences.  The minor draws on its component strengths to offer students experience in both the museological (the study of museums as a site for critical study/reflection on the act(s) of representation) and the museographical (the practical study of museum practices, such as the doing of exhibitions in all of their aspects) facets of museum studies.  Students pursuing the museum studies minor will complete an internship in a museum.   This component includes opportunities with the Lore Degenstein Gallery on campus, local museums and historical houses, or other museums, exhibitionary spaces, archives, and state and national parks with public exhibition or commemorative spaces.  Internship possibilities will be reviewed and approved by the program's director, in consultation with the Museum Studies Advisory Board, chosen from faculty in the art history, history, and anthropology programs.

Minor in Museum Studies. Students must complete 20 semester hours of coursework, which includes ANTH-237 Museums and Anthropology, MSUM-400 Museum Studies Internship, MSUM-500 Directed Research and Exhibition Project, and 8 semester hours chosen from the following: ANTH-322 Visual Anthropology: Imagining the Other, ARTH-211 Survey of Non-Western Art, ARTH-412 Contemporary Art, HIST-300 History Methods, and a pre-approved course from a GO Long program.  Students must receive a minimum grade of C in all courses credited toward the program. 

Double-counting restriction for interdisciplinary minors: only 4 semester hours of this minor may be double-counted toward the student's major

MSUM-400 Museum Studies Internship

The internship for museum studies is designed for students who wish to develop and apply skills related to the museum and public exhibition-related professions (for example, a museum-related, non-profit agency or government office, a museum publication or periodical, a position related to museum or library conservation, exhibition sites in state or national parks, or other similar institutions). Students will gain experience in real work situations and will work under the supervision of a professional in his or her chosen field. Overseeing faculty and their departments offer help in locating and applying for appropriate internships, but students are also encouraged to propose and develop their own positions, subject to approval by the director of museum studies. 2 - 4 SH.

MSUM-500 Final Research and Exhibition Project

MSUM-500 structures the completion of an exhibitionary project at an approved campus venue.  The format of the course depends on individual consultation with the instructor on all aspects of the exhibition: planning, design, problem-solving and creativity, accessibility (both physical and intellectual), interpretation, and evaluation.  Completion of the project includes written documents, a set of concept drawings, other support materials necessary to communicate project ideas effectively, and the installation of the exhibit. 4 SH.

Edward S. Slavishak, Ph.D.

Department: History
Professor of History

Email Address
Phone Number 570-372-4539

John J. Bodinger de Uriarte

Department: Sociology/Anthropology
Associate Professor of Anthropology

Gordon R. Wenzel

Department: Art
Adjunct Faculty in Photography

Email Address
Phone Number 570-372-4624