The Museum Studies Minor explores the history, philosophy, operations, and functions of museums–broadly defined to include art, science, history, specialized museums, and others. The interdisciplinary program combines a theoretical basis with practical experiences in the form of internships, field trips, and directed research projects to give students a foundation for work in university, public, and private museums in a rapidly growing profession. The Museum Studies Minor is open to students in any major.
Because experience is highly valued in museum work, students are strongly encouraged to pursue additional opportunities such as internships or volunteer work in museums. This minor also prepares students to be active supporters of museums and life-long learners.
Museum practices (practical aspects of museum work) is taught at WAM and offered each spring. Standards, practices, responsibilities, and issues, all set in greater museum context. Curatorial and educational duties, collections management, security, funding, boards, public relations, installation, and budgeting.