About the Program
RIT’s bachelor of science degree program in museum studies is an innovative, interdisciplinary, technically-based undergraduate program that prepares you for careers in museums, archives, photo collections, and libraries. Museum studies is an exciting and rapidly changing field that increasingly needs professionals who can bring 21st century technological skills to collecting institutions with cultural or scientific collections. The program will provide you with a thorough grounding in museum studies, supplemented by specialized professional cores. This combination, enhanced by your experiential learning in internship programs, will set you apart from others in the field and prepare you for advanced study.
An interdisciplinary program
The hallmark of an RIT education is its interdisciplinary approach to the design of its curriculum. The museum studies program draws from disciplines across the traditional liberal arts and sciences, as well as from specialized professional programs. You will choose a minor to complement your program of study, or to expand an area of personal or professional interest. Elective courses allow you to explore deeper specializations or to try something new.
When you complete the Museum Studies program you will be prepared to enter the work force with a highly marketable mix of knowledge, skills, and experience that will make you stand out from the competition. You will be well versed in the history, theory, and practice of institutional collecting; knowledgeable about specific areas of collecting; and fully grounded in the technical skills you’ll need to step right in to a project. Combined with your practical internship or co-op experience at a collection institution, you’ll be an immediate asset to any future employer.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that there were approximately 27,000 archivists, curators, and museum technicians in the U.S. in 2004, and about 159,000 librarians. Both areas are expected to grow as current professionals reach retirement age and will have to be replaced with people, like you, whose education has prepared them for the new responsibilities of the field.
Places You Might Work
Numerous public and private institutions have collections of cultural objects that must be acquired, registered, organized, stored, exhibited, and preserved. Among the places you might work after finishing your degree in museum studies are: museums of various types, such as art museums, museums of science & technology, museums of science & industry, living history museums, and natural history museums; historical sites; historical societies; libraries; archives; and corporations.
Advanced Degree Options
The BS degree in museum studies provides a solid background for those who choose to pursue graduate study. The museum & information studies track will prepare you for such diverse graduate programs as an MA in museum studies, art history, informatics, or arts management; an MLS in library and information studies; or an MBA. Students pursuing the art conservation track will be well prepared to enter a master’s level program in art conservation.
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RIT is a coeducational, privately endowed institute enrolling 15,500 full- and part-time undergraduate and graduate students preparing for technical and professional careers. Its eight colleges include Applied Science and Technology, Computing and Information Sciences, Business, Engineering, Imaging Arts and sciences, Liberal Arts, Science, and the primarily federally-funded National Technical Institute for the Deaf.
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