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Museum Studies Minor, B.A.; B.A.A.; B.F.A.; B.S.; and B.S. in B.A.

The goal of this interdisciplinary program is to introduce students to the role of museums in society and to the knowledge, skills and abilities required of successful professionals in museums or similar non-profit informal learning institutions. The program prepares students to contribute to the success of these organizations as knowledgeable, collaborative, ethical, and innovative professionals. Upon completion of the program, students should be prepared to enter the workforce or continue their formal education in an academic discipline, museum studies, public history or a related field.

This 24-credit minor is composed of:

  • Four 3-credit core courses
  • a 6-hour museum internship
  • 6 credit hours of electives

Admission Requirements, Retention & Termination Standards

  1. Students must have completed 36 credit hours with a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5 in order to enroll in MST 310.
  2. Students must successfully complete MST 310 before signing the minor or enrolling in other MST courses.
  3. Students are required to achieve a grade of at least a C (2.0) in each Museum Studies course.
  4. Students are required to achieve at least a 2.7 GPA in the 18 credit hours of required Museum Studies courses.

Program Requirements

Required Courses (18 hours)

MST 310Introduction to Museums

3(3-0)

MST 315Museums, Stakeholders and Communities

3(3-0)

MST 320Collections Stewardship and Curatorial Work

3(3-0)

MST 325Public Programming in Museums

3(3-0)

MST 598Museum Internship

6(Spec)

Electives (6 hours)

Select from the following:

ACC 201Concepts of Financial Accounting

3(3-0)

ANT 170Cultural Anthropology

3(3-0)

ANT 171Human Origins: Introduction to Biological Anthropology

3(3-0)

ANT 175Archaeology of the Americas

3(3-0)

ANT 320North American Indian Cultures

3(3-0)

ANT 344Michigan Archaeology

3(3-0)

ANT 365Current American Indian Issues

3(3-0)

ART 231Introduction to Graphic Design

3(0-6)

BIO 229Nature Study

3(2-3)

BIO 306Natural History of Vertebrates

3(2-3)

COM 264Organizational Communication

3(3-0)

FMD 252Dress and Culture

3(3-0)

GEL 100Introduction to Earth Systems

3(2-2)

GEL 101Physical Geology

3(3-0)

GEL 102Physical Geology Laboratory

1(0-2)

GEL 130QREarth Processes

3(2-2)

GEL 201Earth History

3(2-2)

GEL 230Prehistoric Life

3(3-0)

GEL 320Earth Materials and Resources

3(2-3)

GEO 120QREnvironmental Geography

3(3-0)

GEO 121Human Geography and Globalization

3(3-0)

HST 101The Development of Western Civilization: From Ancient Times to 1700 A.D.

3(3-0)

HST 102The Development of Western Civilization: From 1700 to the Present

3(3-0)

HST 111The Quest for Liberty: The United States to 1865

3(3-0)

HST 112The Struggle for Equality: The United States, 1865-Present

3(3-0)

HST 301The Craft of History

4(4-0)

HST 323History of Native Americans

3(3-0)

HST 333History of Michigan

3(3-0)

IET 143Introduction to Graphic Arts

3(2-2)

IND 238Design History and Precedent

3(3-0)

IND 328Design History and Criticism

3(3-0)

MGT 312Introduction to Management

3(3-0)

MKT 300Introduction to Marketing

3(3-0)

MST 575Independent Study in Museum Studies

3(3-0)

PAD 210Introduction to Public Administration

3(3-0)

PHS 151QRIntroductory Physical Science I

3(2-2)

RPL 405Administration of Community Leisure Services

3(3-0)

RPL 552Environmental Interpretation

3(3-0)

TAI 170Oral Interpretation of Literature

3(3-0)

Note: Courses required for a student’s major (e.g., HST 301 for students majoring in History or ANT 171 for those majoring in Anthropology) may not be used as an elective course for the Museum Studies Minor.

Total: 24 semester hours

Note: Students minoring in Museum Studies are encouraged to have computer skills in word processing, spreadsheet, database, graphics, and web page concepts at least equivalent to CPS 105, CPS 106, CPS 107, CPS 108, and CPS 165.

Note: Students not minoring in Museum Studies must have the permission of the instructor to enroll in MST 315, MST 320, MST 325, or MST 575.