Museum Studies

All Majors & Minors

Courses

  • MS-100. Museum Studies

    An introduction to the social and political history of museums, as well as the structure, function and practices of museums in America and Europe. The Berman Museum will be our laboratory, and independent projects will focus on objects from the Museum’s collections. Outside scholars and specialists will offer in-depth examination of selected topics. Visits are made to regional museums. The course will run Spring semester every two years, beginning Spring 2016. Three hours per week. Four semester hours. (A.)

    Note: MS-100 may count as an elective for the Art and Art History major or minor.

    MS-200A. Curatorial Practice

    This course introduces students to activities, processes, challenges, skills, and thinking that initiate and develop the display and interpretation of objects in museums. Students will collaboratively create an exhibition to open in The Berman Art Museum the January following the fall semester course. Visits to area museums. Students must take MS-200A and B to receive credit for one required course in the Museum Studies minor. MS200A will run Fall semester every two years, beginning Fall 2016. Prerequisite: MS-100 or permission of instructor. Two hours per week. Two semester hours.

    MS-200B. Curatorial Practice

    A continuation of MS-200A. This course involves the final preparations for the exhibition, its promotion, and its documentation. MS-200B will run Winter break every two years, beginning December 2016. Prerequisite: MS-200A or permission of instructor. Students must take MS-200A and B to receive credit for one required course in the Museum Studies minor. Two hours per week. Two semester hours.

    MS-350. Oral Presentation

    A museum studies oral presentation. This course will satisfy the Museum Studies minor requirement for an oral presentation. Prerequisite: written consent of a member of the Museum Studies Coordinating Group. Graded S/U.Zero semester hours.

    Note: This course is usually taken in spring semester of the student’s senior year, and the oral presentation usually takes place at the Celebration of Student Achievement, held in April of that semester.

    MS-381. Museum Studies Internship

    An academic/work experience at a museum under the supervision of an internship adviser on the Museum Studies Coordinating Group and an on-site supervisor. The Berman Museum of Art is not a possible site for MS-381. The intern must complete a minimum of 120 hours of work. Open to rising juniors and seniors. The term during which the internship work is performed will be noted by one of the following letters, to be added immediately after the internship course number: A (fall), B (winter), C (spring), or D (summer). Internships undertaken abroad will be so indicated by the letter I. Prerequisites: MS-100 and approval of the Museum Studies Coordinating Group. 120 hours. Graded S/U.Three semester hours.

    MS-382. Museum Studies Internship

    An academic/work experience at a museum under the supervision of an internship adviser on the Museum Studies Coordinating Group and an on-site supervisor. The Berman Museum of Art is not a possible site for MS-382. The intern must complete a minimum of 160 hours of work. Open to rising juniors and seniors. The term during which the internship work is performed will be noted by one of the following letters, to be added immediately after the internship course number: A (fall), B (winter), C (spring), or D (summer). Internships undertaken abroad will be so indicated by the letter I. Prerequisites: MS-100 and approval of the Museum Studies Coordinating Group. 160 hours. Graded S/U.Four semester hours.