Salary and Career Info
Museum Studies BS
In museum studies, you’ll learn how collections are built, curated, and interpreted and you will apply methods of exhibition and interpretation used in museums, archives, galleries, libraries, and public spaces including national parks.
All students become familiar with: the history and theory of exhibitions and with the process of designing an exhibition; technologies involved in museum work, including databases, website design, and social media; specific areas of museum practice; experience in fundraising and development, and have written a grant; and the understanding of the public role of the museum and its mission as an educational force in the community.
Program facilities equipment
Students have access to collections owned by the university and galleries/exhibition spaces on campus.
Program job titles
Assistant Curator; Collections Associate; Document Processor; Gallery Manager; Exhibit Project Manager; Archivist
Select program hiring partners
Eastman Kodak Company; Genesee Country Village & Museum; George Eastman Museum; New York Public Library; Smithsonian Institution; The Strong; Susan B. Anthony Birthplace Museum
Outcome Rates for Museum Studies BS
|Outcome||% of Students|
|Full-time Graduate Study||50.00%|
What’s different about an RIT education? It’s the career experience you gain by completing cooperative education and internships with top companies in every single industry. You’ll earn more than a degree. You’ll gain real-world career experience that sets you apart. It’s exposure–early and often–to a variety of professional work environments, career paths, and industries.
Co-ops and internships take your knowledge and turn it into know-how. A liberal arts co-op provides hands-on experience that enables you to apply your knowledge in professional settings while you make valuable connections between course work and real-world applications.
Students in museum studies are required to complete one co-op or internship experience in a cultural institution. Co-ops are usually a summer or semester in duration. Internships may be full- or part-time and are often completed during the semester. They vary in duration depending on the organization. Co-ops and internships may be completed locally, nationally, or internationally.
Students have recently been placed as interns locally, nationally, and internationally.
Recent local placements include: Genesee Country Village & Museum; George Eastman Museum; Memorial Art Gallery; Strong, National Museum of Play; Out Alliance; India Community Center; and the Rochester Public Library. Beyond Rochester, students have served as interns at the Penn Museum; Baseball Hall of Fame; Smithsonian Institution; National Park Service; and National Geographic.