Museology Master of Arts Program

The Museum field is constantly changing. Our curriculum is a balance of tried and true courses and new courses that address current and future trends in the field.

2018-2019 Special Topics Courses

Museums & Technology (Fall ’19)

The potential applications for technology in museum practice are numerous and their implications are far reaching. This survey course offers students an introduction to topics such as technology’s impacts on visitor experiences, engaging virtual audiences, and digitizing collections; and balances them with considerations of feasibility in implementation and practice. Students will have opportunities to research topics of interest and share findings and implications. By integrating case studies and class discussion with guest speakers, this course challenges students to explore not just how technology can be applied, but whether it should be applied at all, and in what circumstances.

Making Meaning: New Models of Museum Interpretation (Winter ’19)

What does interpretation look like in museums today? Ranging from an authoritarian voice to crowd-sourced content, museums use interpretation to communicate and connect with visitors. This interactive course will explore modes of interpretation from labels to tours to collection management to technology. Through case studies, site visits, class discussion and writing exercises, students will be introduced to both the theory and practice of museum interpretation. Together we will think critically and creatively about inclusive, relevant and engaging interpretive strategies for all museums.

Community Engagement  (Winter ’19)

Explore the ways in which museums engage with their community to further their mission and to stay relevant. The course will highlight best practices in the field as well as spotlight local efforts.

Museums and the Movement for Racial Justice (Spring ’19)

In this course, students will develop the frameworks, skills and practices to be leaders in museums’ efforts to become more equitable organizations capable of responding to injustices facing our communities. Beginning with foundational learning about why race is centered to achieve justice, students will unpack institutional racism and its intersections with other forms of oppression (e.g. sexism, classism, ableism, heterosexism, etc.); the construction of whiteness and white dominant culture; our roles in the work of equity and justice; key elements of managing organizational change; and how museums and other institutions are partnering with communities to build racial equity and social justice. The course will include hands-on activities, dialogue across difference, readings, videos and interviews with museums professionals doing racial equity work.