Museum Studies Minor


April 30th



The Museum Studies Minor examines the intersections of art with the public sphere in practical and theoretical terms, with a commitment to explore the social dimension of museums.

The minor focuses your academic efforts while showing future employers or graduate schools that you have undergone the core applied training and conceptual coursework to become a museum professional. In addition, you will gain valuable hands-on preparator experience working in the galleries on campus; and organizing student, local, regional, and national artist exhibitions.

The minor will provide you with a recognizable curriculum to help you step into career paths such as curator, assistant curator, museum educator, gallery attendant, collections assistant, museum administration, docent, or preparator. Though grounded in art history, the minor is designed to be of use both as an art student, and also if you are interested in a museum career in other disciplines.

Museum Studies Minor Student Learning Outcomes

  • Develop an understanding of the social dimension of museums
  • Gain valuable hands-on preparator experience working in galleries on- and off-campus
  • Learn how to organize art exhibitions
  • View document with list of courses

Museum Studies Minor application process

Students from any major can apply for the Museum Studies Minor.

To apply, you must:

  • Have sophomore status
  • Complete one 200-level art history course
  • Have a 2.5 minimum GPA
  • Submit an unofficial transcript

Required fields are marked with an asterisk (*).

Application Form

All Museum Studies minor applicants are required to have a current minimum GPA of 2.5. Please enter your current GPA here. It should be the GPA reflected on the unofficial transcript you will attach to this application.
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