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Minor in Museum Studies

Contact Person:
Morgan Perkins
130A MacVicar, (315) 267-2593, perkinmb@potsdam.edu

19 semester hours required.

The Museum Studies minor introduces students to museum theory and practice through coursework, applied museum work and internships that will qualify them for careers in museums and a wide range of related professions. As a forum for the collection, preservation and display of material culture, museums will be examined in historical and cross-cultural perspectives. The Charles T. Weaver Museum of Anthropology, the Art Museum and the College Archives will provide opportunities on campus to observe and participate in the various functions of museums.

As the capstone experience for the minor, students will complete two museum internships. Students will develop and complete a range of potential projects with the supervision of a sponsor from the host institution. Internships should be arranged through consultation with the Director of Museum Studies.

Ideally the first internship should be completed locally or on campus at either the Weaver Museum of Anthropology, the Art Museum or the College Archives. Longer internships may be pursued for additional credit hours.

All courses are 3 credits unless noted. Credits are divided as follows:

Required Courses (Credits 16)
These courses should be taken in the order listed. Additional or alternative courses may be used with approval from the Director of Museum Studies.
ANTH/ARTM 270 Museum Studies
ARTM 320 Museum Practices
ANTH 320 Museum Archives and Exhibits (4 credits)
ANTH/ARTM 470 Museum Internship/Tutorial (6 credits)

Electives (Credits 3)
Students should select one elective, and a course outside of the major is recommended. Additional or alternative courses may be used with approval from the Director of Museum Studies.

ANTH/ARTH 358 Cross-Cultural Approaches to Art
ANTH 461 Material Culture
ANTH 395 Folklore
ARTH 464 Foundations of Modern Art
ARTH 465 Issues in Contemporary Art
ANTH 352/ARTH 385 Art and Archaeology of the Classical World
ANTH/ARTM 496 Special Topics in Museology
HIST 323 Middle East: Alexander to Islam
HIST 450 Modern American Oral History

A grade of 2.0 or better must be achieved in all courses. Students may only ‘double-count’ two courses for an additional major or minor. Prerequisites may apply to many of the courses listed for the minor. For more information, see page 80.