Museum Studies

This interdisciplinary program provides an exploration of theoretical, historical, and applied knowledge pertaining to museum management and programming.
Catalog Requirements Notice

The requirements listed on these pages may change by the year as programs and courses are added or altered. Archived Academic Catalogs for previous years can be viewed in pdf form here. These documents contains the specific academic requirements pertaining to those who entered the College before the 2015-16 year.

Given the broad relevance of Museum Studies skills, students may approach the minor from a variety of disciplines, with particular parallels with social and physical sciences, history, and art.

Museum Studies Minor

Total courses required is six.


Introduction to Museum Studies

MSEU 100 Introduction to Museum Studies (3 sem. hours)

Management Skills (one of the following)

BUS 201 Principles of Management (3 sem. hours)
BUS 303 Entrepreneurship & Small Business Management (3 sem. hours)
THDA 201 Arts Management (3 sem. hours)

Education Skills

EDU 105 Teaching in a Diverse Society (3 sem. hours)

Conservation and Presentation Skills (one of the following)

ART 118 Three-Dimensional Design (3 sem. hours)
ART 260 Introduction to Darkroom Photography (3 sem. hours)
ART 261 Photographic Digital Imaging (3 sem. hours)
ART/BKRT 127 Introduction to Graphic Design (3 sem. hours)
BKRT 115 Hand Bookbinding I (3 sem. hours)
BKRT 220 Digital Book and Graphic Design (3 sem. hours)
THDA 220 Principles of Design (3 sem. hours))
THDA 225/325 Production Practical (1-3 sem. hours)
VART 315 Professional Visual Arts Practices (3 semester hours)

Local and Global Perspectives of History, Art, and the Museum (one of the following)

ANTH 280 World Archaeology (3 semester hours)
EDU 215 Issues in Multicultural and English Lang. Learner Education (3 semester hours)
HIST 357 Twentieth-Century America (3 semester hours)
HIST 375 Writing History: Theory and Practice (3 semester hours)
OCS 110 January at the Arts Students League-New York City (3 semester hours)
OCS 215 London Theatre (3 semester hours)
OCS 300 The Anthropological Experience in Hawaii (3 semester hours)
OCS 305 The Anthropological Experience in Belize(3 semester hours)
One OCS course from one of the Wells College Programs and Affiliated Programs (with permission of the Museum Studies minor coordinator(s). Examples include, but are not limited to:

Florence Program

  • ART230- The World of Museums: Museology (3 sem. hours)
  • ART360- Museum Experience (3 sem. hours)
  • ART450- Museum Education (3 sem. hours)
  • ART460- Museum: Ethics & the Law (3 sem. hours)

Internship experience at one or more museum, art gallery, archaeological lab, or archival library

MSEU 290/390 Internship in Museum Studies (2-4 sem. hours)

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