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The program includes introductory and advanced core courses which will familiarize you with the history, theory, and practice of institutional collecting, exhibition design and development, public history, collections management, fundraising and grant writing, and a range of digital technologies used in the collecting field. All of the program courses include hands-on experiences and many include field trips. You will choose one of two specialized professional tracks, each of which will provide you with the competencies identified by museum professionals as increasingly relevant for young professionals in the 21st century. Your experiences in the museum field will also be enhanced by completing an internship.

The museum studies track prepares you to work in a wide variety of settings, including museums, galleries, historical societies and historic sites, archives, and libraries. You will work with curators, exhibit designers and preparators, collections managers and registrars, archivists and librarians. Your museum studies professional core courses will be augmented by a series of management courses.

The public history track will prepare you to work in a wide variety of settings, including museums; local, state, and national government agencies; national parks; science museums; living history museums; historic houses and sites; archives; and local, state, and national historical organizations. Graduates may find positions in a wide variety of fields, such as museums and heritage organizations, historical consulting, heritage tourism, and historic preservation.

You will have a faculty advisor who will assist you with academic and career counseling. Your advisor will help you with schedule planning, electives choices, graduate studies, internships, and career advice.

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