Rochester Institute of Technology

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Museum Studies BS

Program Overview

Museums, archives, libraries, and other cultural institutions are rapidly changing. These historical sites are seeking professionals who can help adopt and implement technological innovations to help manage, curate, conserve, and exhibit, and digitize their cultural or scientific collections, in order to make them available to the public in interactive and engaging ways. The museum studies program provides a thorough grounding in the history, theory, and practice of institutional collecting, exhibition development, and design, collection management, fundraising and grant writing, and implementing today’s technologies. You’ll be prepared to help an institution enhance assess, improve engagement, and better share their collections with the world.

Museum studies is an innovative, interdisciplinary, technically-based major that prepares students for careers in museums, archives, photo collections, and libraries. 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 management or public history.

Degrees Awarded

  • Bachelor of Science Degree


  • There are approximately 32 students in this program.

Cooperative Education & Experiential Education Component

  • Co-op is mandatory for this program.
  • Minimum co-op requirement: 1 block, 12 weeks/semester
  • Co-op availability: Second Year summer and Third Year Summer

Salary Information

Co-op:     $15.25                     $10.00 - $19.00
BS:           ID

Student Skills & Capabilities

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.

Equipment & Facilities

Students have access to collections owned by the university and galleries/exhibition spaces on campus.

Job Titles

Assistant Registrar, Collections Management Assistant, Curatorial Assistant, Exhibition Preparator, Assistant Educator, Development Officer, Library Assistant, Archives Assistant; Digitization Technician

Selected Employer Hiring Partners

Rochester Museum & Science Center, Genesee Country Village & Museum, Eastman Kodak Company, The Military History Society of Rochester, Visual Studies Workshop, George Eastman Museum, Strong National Museum of Play, Rochester Public Library, Ganondagan, The Walt Disney Company, RIT-NTID - Dyer Arts Center, Global Experiences Inc., Perkins Mansion, Rochester Museum & Science Center, University of Michigan Library, Smithsonian

Contact Us

We appreciate your interest in your career and we will make every effort to help you succeed. Feel free to contact Lisa Monette, the Career Services Coordinator who works with the Museum Studies program. You can access information about services through our web site at
Lisa Monette, Career Services Coordinator, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; 585.475.7413
Rochester Institute of Technology . Office of Career Services and Cooperative Education
Bausch & Lomb Center
57 Lomb Memorial Drive . Rochester NY  14623-5603
Thursday, 01 August 2019 Posted in College of Liberal Arts Tags Collge of Liberal Arts