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Museum Studies Certificate

Curate. Install. Archive. Engage.
Learn the fundamentals of museum studies. Explore the history, theory, and practice of institutional collecting and conservation. Engage in a technical investigation of art.
Expand your major with an Museum Studies certificate

The Museum Studies certificate program is designed to be an interdisciplinary introduction to theory and practice of museums, historic sties and other public collections. This certificate program is open to undergraduate students in any major, and will prepare you for higher-level pre-professional study in the field.

Two people standing in front of a large portrait of a woman with bright colorful pops of color and texture creating the backdrop of the piece, located in the Palmer Museum of Art.

Does this sound like you?

  • You relish the working in institutions that collect cultural objects, such as museums, historical sites, historical societies, libraries, archives, and corporations.
  • You are interested in pursuing studies in arts management, library and information studies, or art history.

If so, museum studies might be the perfect fit for you.

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