In the 21st century, museums are the places where physical objects, technology, abstract ideas and people intersect. The world of museums includes traditional art and natural history museums, as well as historic sites, historical societies, heritage and cultural centers, science and technology centers, nature preserves, environmental facilities and museum experiences designed specifically for children. The study of museums is as rich and diverse as the range of museums themselves.
The Museum Studies program offers an interdisciplinary minor in theoretical and practical aspects of museum functions. Through coursework and internships, students will develop skills that include curatorial research, collections management, exhibition design, preservation and conservation, administration, development, finance, education, and public programs. A Museum Studies minor is a practical second area for students in a variety of majors who are interested in pursuing careers in the nonprofit sector, museums and cultural institutions.