Museum Studies Program

The Museum Studies Program is designed to introduce students to the pleasures, problems, and challenges of American museum practice in the 21st century.

At one time described as simple ‘cabinets of curiosities’ (or, in the case of the Smithsonian, as ‘the nation’s attic’), the minor introduces students to this rich and eclectic world. The topics of study are limitless from the familiar museum categories of art, history, natural history, technology, and science museums, to more unconventional institutions including national and state parks, zoos, botanical gardens, aquariums, and children’s museums.