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Museum Studies BS

In the museum studies degree, 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.

Program skills

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 reported

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, Rochester Institute of Technology, Smithsonian Institution; The Strong

90%

Outcome Rates*

Total percentage of graduates who have entered the workforce, enrolled in full-time graduate study, or are pursuing alternative plans (military service, volunteering, etc.).

100%

Knowledge Rate

*Total percentage of graduates for whom RIT has verifiable data, compared to national average knowledge rate of 41% per NACE.
Outcome % of Students
Employed 50.00%
Full-time Graduate Study 40.00%
Alternative Plans 0%
Outcome % of Students
Employed 50.00%
Full-time Graduate Study 40.00%
Alternative Plans 0%

Experiential Learning

Cooperative Education

Cooperative education, or co-op for short, is full-time, paid work experience in your field of study. And it sets RIT graduates apart from their competitors. It’s exposure–early and often–to a variety of professional work environments, career paths, and industries. RIT co-op is designed for your success.

Students in the museum studies degree are required to complete one cooperative education or internship experience in a cultural institution. Cooperative education, or co-op for short, is full-time, paid work experience in your field of study. 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. Both co-ops and internships may be completed locally, nationally, or internationally.