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Museum Studies Minor

College of Liberal Arts, Office of Student Services
(585) 475-2444, libarts@rit.edu

The museum studies minor provides students with a foundation in the history and practice of the museum as an institution and in the history, theory, and practice of collecting, exhibiting, and preserving the cultural heritage that defines the purpose and function of the museum. Courses cover a wide range of topics that are relevant to contemporary museology: the history of museums and collecting, the technical study of art and materials, the history and theory of exhibitions, interactive design, public history, the rise of the museum profession, legal and ethical concerns, and conservation. This minor is closed to students majoring in museum studies.

Course
Required Courses
MUSE-220 Introduction to Museums and Collecting
MUSE-221/HIST-221 Introduction to Public History
Electives
Choose three of the following:*
   HIST-322    Monuments and Memory
   HIST-323    America’s National Parks
   HIST-324    Oral History
   HIST-325    Museums and History
   MUSE-224    History and Theory of Exhibitions
   MUSE-225    Museums and the Digital Age
   MUSE-340    Introduction to Archival Studies
   MUSE-341    Museum Education and Interpretation
   MUSE-358    Legal and Ethical Issues
   MUSE-360    Visitor Engagement and Technologies
   MUSE-489    Special Topics

* At least one course must be a MUSE course and one must be a HIST course.