The Museum Studies minor is rigorous, interdisciplinary and pre-professional in nature
Coursework in the minor 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.
Preparing to Add the Minor in Museum Studies
Students first 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 approved admission to the Minor, students will be eligible for MS 681, Museum Studies Lab, which involves work in SF State’s Global Museum, and MS 682, the Capstone Practicum, a 120-hour practicum in a museum located off campus.
Museum Studies minor — 18 units
Courses are 3 units unless otherwise indicated.
- M S 201 Introduction to Museums
- M S 202 Introduction to Museum Exhibits
- M S 310 Museum Education Methods and Community Engagement
- One Course Selected on Consultation with Faculty (*)
- M S 681 Museum Studies Lab
- M S 682 Capstone Practicum
(*) It is highly recommended that students enroll in ART 619 Exhibition Design, which is offered every semester. Upon admission to the Minor, students will be allowed to enroll in Art 619.
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 after completing M S 201 and M S 202 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 e-mail 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 School of Art Office, Fine Arts 293, to receive the signature of the director of School of Art. The student will be told when they can pick up the signed form. The completed form must be delivered, by the student, to the registrar's window at One Stop in the Student Services Building.
Mission of the Museum Studies Minor
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.
See the Bulletin for more information about the Minor in Museum Studies.