Museum and Curatorial Studies, Minor
Pending Washburn University Board of Regents approval
Museum and Curatorial Studies is an interdisciplinary program that examines the practices associated with the collection, analysis, and exhibition of art, artifacts, specimens, and interpretive displays for the purpose of preservation, interpretation, and public engagement. It also considers the practices associated with the governance,administration, and responsible fiscal management within the professional world of museums and other collection and exhibition spaces. Finally, the field of museum studies seeks to understand the dynamic role museums, galleries,and collecting play in history and culture.
Student Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of the Museum and Curatorial Studies minor, students will be able to:
- Demonstrate understanding of approaches to work performed in museums and galleries including operations, collections management, interpretation, exhibition, and museum education.
- Analyze the role of public exhibitions in culture, for example, as institutions embedded in historical contexts and as sites of cultural production.
- Apply interdisciplinary methods and theories appropriate to the various aspects of museum and curatorial studies to an aspect of museum work that could include operation collections management, interpretation, exhibition, or museum education.
To obtain the optional minor in Museum and Curatorial Studies, a student must complete at least 18 hours of designated Museum and Curatorial Studies coursework, including both required and elective courses. Required courses include:
|MC 200||Introduction to Museum and Curatorial Studies||3|
|AR 313||Museum Studies||3|
|MC 400||Capstone in Museum and Curatorial Studies||3|
Students will work with the director of the Museum and Curatorial Studies to create a study plan of 9 additional credit hours in elective courses that satisfy the program's learning outcomes and complement a student's major area and interests. These electives must be taken in at least two disciplines, and at least 6 hours of electives must be at the upper-division level. This study plan must be approved before a student completes coursework in the minor program.
MC 200 Introduction to Museum and Curatorial Studies (3)
Museums, collections, and exhibition spaces: why do we have them and what are their functions in society? What sort of institutions fall under the definition of a museum? What does it mean to work in a museum, a gallery, a private collection, or to serve in a curatorial role? This class will explore the history of museums and exhibition spaces and current debates about these institutions, including mission and vision statements, roles and organizational structure, architecture and facilities management, and legal and ethical issues. Lectures, readings, and assignments will encompass interdisciplinary ideas and establish for students the capabilities required of a curatorial professional—from the practical skills needed to operate a museum or gallery to theories on the societal role of museums and other exhibition spaces. Students will learn through lecture, discussion, in-class activities, reading, writing assignments, museum visits, and guest speakers. Prerequisite: None.
MC 400 Capstone in Museum and Curatorial Studies (3)
The Museum and Curatorial Studies Capstone prepares students to successfully plan and complete a project related to their professional interests in Museum and Curatorial Studies. Capstone projects may include an analysis of an issue or topic in areas such as collections, curatorial management, education or administration. Prerequisites: MC 200, AR 313, and at least 12 hours of credit in the Museum and Curatorial Studies minor or permission of the director of the Museum and Curatorial Studies program.