Museum Studies BS

Program Website: www.rit.edu/museumstudies

Program overview
The bachelor of science degree in museum studies is an innovative, interdisciplinary, technically-based major that prepares students for careers in museums, archives, photo collections, and libraries.

Curriculum
The major includes a set of introductory and advanced core courses to familiarize students with the fundamentals of museum studies, including the history, theory, and practice of institutional collecting, conservation, and the technical investigation of art. To broaden and deepen their knowledge, students choose a professional track in art conservation, management, or public history.

Internship

The major requires students to complete a 200-hour internship in a cultural institution. This experience gives students the opportunity to apply what they've learned in the classroom to a professional setting and gain valuable work experience before they graduate.

Professional tracks

The professional tracks (art conservation, management, and public history) include course work that meets the criteria established by professionals in the field and reflects current opinion about necessary skill sets. Since 2000, the International Council of Museums (ICOM) and the Committee on Museum Professional Training (COMPT) have called for revisions in the training of museum professionals that reflect evolving needs for management, leadership, information technology, fundraising, and grant writing skills—all of which are included in the management track. The art conservation track features the traditional criteria for entry into the field as well as course work in chemistry and studio arts, two areas that have been identified as deficient in other undergraduate programs. The public history track offers students core courses in learning how to think historically, make a sound historical argument, and present history effectively to a public audience.

Art Conservation Track

BS degree, typical course sequence (semesters), effective fall 2013

Course

Sem. Cr. Hrs.

First Year

MUSE-220

Introduction to Museums and Collecting

3

ARTH-135, 136

Survey of Western Art and Architecture I, II

6

 

LAS Foundation 1: First Year Seminar†

3

CHMG-141, 145

LAS Perspective 5: General and Analytical Chemistry I w/ Lab

4

 

LAS Perspectives 1, 2

6

 

Studio Art Course (CCER, CGLS, CMTJ, CWFD)

3

ENGL-150

LAS Foundation 2: First Year Writing

3

CHMG-142, 146

LAS Perspective 6: General and Analytical Chemistry II w/ Lab

4

 

Wellness Education*

0

Second Year

MUSE-422

Panel Painting

3

 

Studio Art Course (CCER, CGLS, CMTJ, CWFD)

3

CHMO-231, 235

Organic Chemistry I w/ Lab

4

 

LAS Perspective 3, 4, 7A, 7B

12

MUSE-223

Historic Photographic Processes

3

CHMO-232, 236

Organic Chemistry II w/ Lab

4

 

LAS Immersion 1

3

Third Year

 

LAS Immersion 2, 3

6

FDTN-111, 112

Drawing I, II

6

Choose one of the following:

3

   FDTN-121

   2D Design 1

 

   FDTN-131

   3D Design 1

 

Choose one of the following:

3

   FDTN-122

   2D Design 2

 

   FDTN-132

   3D Design 2

 

 

LAS Electives

6

 

Free Electives

6

Fourth Year

MUSE-438

Conservation and Analysis

3

MUSE-490

Senior Thesis

3

 

Studio Art Courses (CCER, CGLS, CMTJ, CWFD)

8

 

LAS Electives

6

MUSE-356

Interactive Design for Museums

3

 

Free Elective

3

Total Semester Credit Hours

120

Please see New General Education Curriculum–Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) for more information.

(WI) Refers to a writing intensive course within the major.

* Please see Wellness Education Requirement for more information. Students completing bachelor's degrees are required to complete two Wellness courses.
† The First Year Seminar requirement is replaced by an LAS Elective for the 2013-14 academic year.

Management Track

BS degree, typical course sequence (semesters), effective fall 2013 

Course

Sem. Cr. Hrs.

First Year

MUSE-220

Introduction to Museums and Collecting

3

ARTH-135, 136

Survey of Western Art and Architecture I, II

6

 

LAS Foundation 1: First Year Seminar†

3

 

LAS Perspective 1, 2, 3, 4

12

MUSE-221

Introduction to Public History

3

ENGL-150

LAS Foundation 2: First Year Writing

3

 

Wellness Education*

0

Second Year

MUSE-222

Panel Painting

3

 

Studio Art Course (CCER, CGLS, CMTJ, or CWFD)

3

 

Art History Elective

3

 

LAS Perspective 5‡, 6, 7A, 7B

12

MUSE-224

History and Theory of Exhibitions

3

MUSE-223

Historic Photographic Processes

3

IGME-110

Introduction to Interactive Media

3

Third Year

MUSE 354

Exhibition Design

3

MUSE 355

Fundraising, Grant Writing and Marketing

3

IGME 101, 102

Interactive Media Development I, II

6

 

LAS Immersion 1, 2, 3

9

MUSE-357

Collections Management and Museum Administration

3

MGMT-320

Organizational Behavior

3

 

LAS Elective

3

Fourth Year

MUSE-438

Conservation and Analysis

3

MUSE-490

Senior Thesis

3

MGMT-415

Digital Entrepreneurship

3

 

Free Electives

6

 

LAS Electives

9

MUSE-356

Interactive Design for Museums

3

MGMT-460

Leadership in Organizations

3

Total Semester Credit Hours

120

 

Please see New General Education Curriculum–Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) for more information.

(WI) Refers to a writing intensive course within the major.

* Please see Wellness Education Requirement for more information. Students completing bachelor's degrees are required to complete two Wellness courses.

† The First Year Seminar requirement is replaced by an LAS Elective for the 2013-14 academic year.

Public History Track

BS degree, typical course sequence (semesters), effective fall 2013

Course

Sem. Cr. Hrs.

First Year

MUSE-220

Introduction to Museums and Collecting

3

MUSE-221

Introduction to Public History

3

 

LAS Foundation 1: First Year Seminar†

3

 

LAS Perspective 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7

18

 

LAS Foundation 2: First Year Writing

3

 

Wellness Education*

 

Second Year

HIST-101

Making History

3

Choose one of the following:

3

   ISTE-105

   Web Foundations

 

   IGME 110

   Introduction to Interactive Media

 

 

LAS Perspective 5, 7

6

 

LAS Immersion 1, 2

6

MUSE-224

History and Theory of Exhibitions

3

HIST-301

Great Debates

3

 

Elective

3

Choose one of the following:

3

   ISTE-205

   Digital Creation  

 

   IGME 101

   Interactive Media Development I

 

Third Year

MUSE-354

Exhibition Design

3

MUSE-355

Fundraising, Grant Writing and Marketing

3

 

Electives

6

Choose one of the following:

3

 

   Elective 

 

   IGME-102

   Interactive Media Development II

 

 

LAS Immersion 3

3

MUSE-357

Collections Management and Museum Administration

3

Choose one of the following:

3

   ISTE-305

    Rapid Online Presence

 

   IGME-xxx

    Web Design and Development

 

 

LAS Electives

6

Fourth Year

MUSE-490

Senior Thesis

3

 

IGME Elective

3

 

LAS Electives

15

 

Free Electives

6

MUSE-356

Interactive Design for Museums

3

Total Semester Credit Hours

120

 

Please see New General Education Curriculum–Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) for more information.

(WI) Refers to a writing intensive course within the major.

* Please see Wellness Education Requirement for more information. Students completing bachelor's degrees are required to complete two Wellness courses.
† The First Year Seminar requirement is replaced by an LAS Elective for the 2013-14 academic year.

Additional Information

Career Opportunities

Upon graduation students are prepared to work in institutions that collect cultural objects, such as museums, historical sites, historical societies, libraries, archives, and corporations. Students are also prepared to further their education in graduate programs in museum studies, art history, informatics, arts management, library and information studies, or an MBA.

Advisers

Every student is assigned a faculty adviser who provides academic advising and career counseling. All of the faculty members in museum studies hold the highest degrees in their field and all have been published within their areas of expertise.