2023-2024 Catalog 
    Apr 17, 2024  
2023-2024 Catalog

Museum Studies Minor

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The minor in Museum Studies offers students training in the history, theory, and practice of museums and other cultural institutions, and provides significant “hands on” experience designed to complement a student’s major area of study. This uniquely practical program serves students in the arts, humanities, science, and professional fields (like art, design, history, English, education, science, music, anthropology, law, business, and technology) who wish to diversify their skills and pre-professional experience or to pursue rewarding careers in museums and other cultural institutions. All students complete a semester-long practicum in USF’s Thacher Gallery as well as at least one 120-hour internship in Bay Area museums and cultural institutions, along with academic courses that build both professional skills and knowledge of museum studies history and theory. (20 units)

Program Learning Outcomes

Students will:

  • Articulate a critical understanding of the histories, challenges, and methodologies related to museums and/or arts organizations as complex public service organizations
  • Explore critical roles that museums and arts institutions can play in considering ethical issues and effecting positive social change
  • Apply skills and knowledge essential for successful professional patterns of behavior and practice in museums and arts organizations

Minor Requirements (20 units)

Residency Requirements: All students must complete at least three courses (12 units) in residence at USF, and at least two at the upper-division level.

Required Introductory Course: Choose at least ONE (4 units)

(3) Required 4-unit courses (12 units)

Upper-Division Electives: Choose at least ONE (for at least 4 total units)

Optional Elective

The 1-unit Art + Architecture lecture series does not count towards program requirements.

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