Welcome to the Museum Studies Program
The Museum Studies Program, unique within the California State University system and highly regarded nationally, stays on the cutting edge of its field. Students build upon their knowledge in related disciplines, gaining expertise through practical experience, professionalism and important developments in the museum world.
Why Museum Studies at SF State?
Broad, interdisciplinary curriculum reflects 21st century museum practice of connecting to communities and engaging diverse audiences. Courses combine theory, real-world practice, and career development. Students also have access to complementary courses throughout the University.
Gain practical experience creating exhibits, educating the public, and caring for collections in the Global Museum, the teaching lab for the program. Facilities include a 2,000 square foot public gallery that's entirely student-operated, state-of-the-art collections preservation areas, and digital lab. Stewarded collections come from the Ancient Mediterranean, Africa, Asia, Oceania, and the Americas. Public programming includes student-developed exhibitions, educational field trips, and special events for SF State and the surrounding community.
Museum Studies faculty are experienced teachers, scholars, and museum professionals who emphasize ethics, engagement, and global citizenship. They are leaders in their disciplines, participate in professional conferences and symposia, and serve on museum boards and similar community work.