Minor in Museum Studies

The museum studies minor is rigorous, interdisciplinary and pre-professional in nature. 

Museum Studies student studying and object from the collection.

The museum studies minor is rigorous, interdisciplinary and pre-professional in nature. Coursework emphasizes acquiring knowledge in museum practice and theory to understand the public service role of museums and to apply this knowledge to support the work of museums in creating exhibits, educating the public and caring for collections, through collaborative efforts.

Students gain a useful set of pre-professional skills in museum practice, relevant information about museum theory and history, and learn about future careers in museums and informal educational settings. Written, oral and critical thinking skills are developed to evaluate the work of museums. The museum studies minor will prepare students for the terminal master of arts degree in museum studies, or for additional on-the-job training for work in museums. Graduates will appreciate the role and power of museums in the world as centers of learning, enjoyment and community engagement, and as stewards of cultural and natural heritage.

Students must complete M S 201 and M S 202 with a minimum grade of C, have upper division standing and arrange advising with a museum studies faculty member before admission to the minor. Upon admission to the minor, students will be eligible for M S 681: Museum Studies Lab, which involves work in SF State’s Global Museum, and M S 682: Capstone Practicum, a 120-hour practicum in a museum located off campus.

Admission to the minor is open to all students with upper division standing and who have completed M S 201 and M S 202 with a minimum grade of C. Upon admission to the minor, students will be permitted to enroll in ART 519: Exhibition Design, and M S 310: Museum Education Methods and Community Engagement, as well as M S 681: Museum Studies Lab, which involves work in SF State’s Global Museum, and M S 682: Capstone Practicum, a 120-hour practicum in a museum located off campus.

Degree Requirements for the minor in museum studies can be found in the SF State bulletin and the Museum Studies website.