Minor in Museum Studies

Effective Fall 2016, 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 M.A. 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 MS 201 and MS 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, the 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, the Capstone Practicum, a 120 hour practicum in a museum located off campus.

Museum Studies minor — 18 units

Advisors: Luby, Lyall

Courses are 3 units unless otherwise indicated.

Required Courses
  • M S 201 Introduction to Museums
  • M S 310 Museum Education Methods and Community Engagement
  • ART 519 Exhibition Design
  • M S 681 Museum Studies Lab
  • M S 682 Capstone Practicum
  • How Do I declare a Minor in Museum Studies?

    Students wishing to declare a minor in Museum Studies must fill out the form for adding a minor. Students need to see a Museum Studies faculty adviser to obtain their signature on the add/change of minor form before the form can be submitted to the School of Art office for the chair's signature. Faculty Advising office hours and email addresses to contact them are available in the people section of the web page. The faculty adviser must initial the change/add minor form. The student must bring the initialed change/add minor form to the art office, FA 265, to receive the signature of the Director of School of Art. The student will be told when they can pick the form back up. The completed form must be delivered, by the student, the the registrar's window at One Stop in the student Service building.

    Museum Studies Minor Mission

    The mission of the Minor in Museum Studies is to develop museum pre-professionals through coursework that emphasizes museum practice and theory in a setting where museums’ educational efforts, collections, and interactions with community are of central concern, and to apply this knowledge to support the work of museums in creating exhibits, educating and serving the public, and caring for collections

    Program Learning Outcomes for the Museum Studies Minor

    Acquire and combine general education skills with relevant knowledge and information on museum practice and theory to understand and discuss the public service role of museums in a multicultural world
    Apply knowledge of museum practice and theory as a pre-professional to support the work of museums in creating exhibits, educating the public, caring for collections, and serving the public, through collaborative work
    Use written, oral and critical thinking skills to apply knowledge of museum practice and theory to evaluate the work of museums
    Acquire knowledge of museum practice and theory to serve as an advocate for the role of museums as centers of education, community, and preservation