Museum Studies Minor

Program Information

Museum Studies Minor (21 units)

The minor in Museum Studies consists of 21 units of required and elective courses. Each of these courses must be completed with a grade equivalent of 2.00 or higher. Students are required to meet with the director of Museum Studies to develop a Program of Study listing all required and elective courses in the program; the director’s signature of approval is required for the Program of Study.

 

Requirements (6 units)

ARTH 300 Introduction to Museum Studies (3)

ARTH 302 Museum and Community (3)

 

Electives (12 units)

With the exception of Art History, no more than two courses may be taken in a single discipline.

 

ANTH 370 Anthropology of Art (3)

ANTH 381 Archeological Methods and Theory (3)

ANTH 382 Visual Anthropology (3)

ART  377     Exhibit Design (3)

ARTH 403 Care and Handling of Objects (3)

ARTH 404 Museum Education (3)

ARTH 405 Exhibition Design History and Theory (3)

ARTH 406 Museum Management (3)

ARTH 407 Collections Management (3)

ARTH 408 Curatorial Vision and Planning (3)

ARTH 409 Marketing and Public Relations for Cultural Institutions (3)

ARTH 410 Development and Grant Writing for Cultural Institutions (3)

HIST 475 Public History: Theory and Practice (3)

MCOM 323 Advertising Media Planning (3)

MCOM 357 Public Relations Writing (3)

MNGT 361 Principles of Management (3)

MNGT 381 Human Resource Management (3)

POSC 375 (3) Public Administration (or) WRIT 375 Public Administration (3)

ANTH 495 Independent Research or HIST 496 Directed Individual Research (3) or ARTH 495 Independent Study in Art History (3)

 

Capstone  (3 units)

Choose one of the following:

AMST 497 Internship in Material Culture (3)

ANTH 491-492 Internship in Anthropology I, II  (3)

ARTH 498 Internship in Art History (3)

HIST 493 Internship in History (3)

IDIS 498 Internship in Interdisciplinary Studies (3)


Course Descriptions:

 

ANTH 370 Topics in Anthropology: Anthropology of Art (3)

An examination of current topics in anthropology designed for non-majors as well as majors.  Prerequisites: ANTH 207 or ANTH 208

 

ANTH 381 Archeological Methods and Theory (3)

Methods of excavating and recording archaeological data. Investigation of problems of current research interest. Prerequisite: ANTH 207.
Course Component

Lecture - Required

 

ANTH 382 Visual Anthropology (3) Study of ethnographic media and representation of various cultures globally; theories and methods related to the production of various forms of visual anthropology.

 

ART  377     Exhibit Design (3)

Theory, concepts, planning, graphics, spatial aesthetics and model construction for various professional exhibits. Management, design and installation of art exhibits. Not open to those who successfully completed ART 220. Prerequisites: ART 103 and ART 104.

 

ARTH 300 Introduction to Museum Studies (3)

Introduction to the history and methods of museum work.

Prerequisites: ARTH 221 or ARTH 222 or Junior Standing

 

ARTH 302 Museum and Community (3)

The role of museums as cultural and educational resources within the public sphere with respect to the needs of a community. Prerequisites: ARTH 221 or ARTH 222 or Junior standing

 

ARTH 403 Care and Handling of Objects (3) The care and handling of artifacts and works of art of a wide variety of materials, covering the basic principles of why artifacts deteriorate and strategies for proper handling, storage, and exhibition. Prerequisites: ARTH 300 Introduction to Museum Studies or ARTH 302 Museum and Community

 

ARTH 404 Museum Education (3)

The history, theory, and practice of museum education as a discipline in conjunction with educational outreach project that students design, prepare, and implement.

Prerequisites: ARTH 300 Introduction to Museum Studies or ARTH 302 Museum and Community

 

ARTH 405 Exhibition Design History and Theory (3) An examination of the history and theory of exhibition design.  Prerequisites: ARTH 300 Introduction to Museum Studies or ARTH 302 Museum and Community.

 

ARTH 406 Museum Management (3) An examination of the organization, structure and ethical issues of managing museums.  Prerequisites: ARTH 300 Introduction to Museum Studies or ARTH 302 Museum and Community.

 

ARTH 407 Collections Management (3)

The registration and movement of museum collections through database design, records management, photo documentation, and exhibition proposals.

Prerequisites: ARTH 300 Introduction to Museum Studies or ARTH 302 Museum and Community

 

ARTH 408 Curatorial Vision and Planning (3)

The planning, research, funding, and controversies involved in curatorial work through cases studies, grant writing, virtual design, and on-site critiques in addition to developing and strengthening a curatorial eye toward exhibition design.

Prerequisites: ARTH 300 Introduction to Museum Studies or ARTH 302 Museum and Community

ARTH 409 Marketing and Public Relations for Cultural Institutions (3)

Central to the success of cultural institutions is their marketing strategies and public relations outreach.  This course is a study of the various principles and methods employed in marketing and public relations strategies by museums and other cultural heritage institutions.

Prerequisites:  ARTH 300 Introduction to Museum Studies or ARTH 302 Museum and Community


ARTH 410 Development and Grant Writing for Cultural Institutions (3)

Central to the success of cultural institutions is their fundraising efforts, which include individual giving, corporate giving, special events, grants, and earned income.  This course is a study of the various development strategies and methods employed in fundraising by cultural institutions.

Prerequisites:  ARTH 300 Introduction to Museum Studies or ARTH 302 Museum and Community

 

HIST 475 Public History: Theory and Practice (3)

Approach, theoretical understanding and methodology of professional historians in representing history to the broader public.  Prerequisites: HIST 300 and 6 additional history credits.

 

IDIS 498 Internship in Interdisciplinary Studies (3)

A non-paid work experience in cooperating organizations, institutions, and businesses. 100 hours and a written assignment related to the internship. Prerequisites: consent of instructor and interview.

 

MCOM 323 Advertising Media Planning (3)

Application of advertising media principles to the development of a media plan that involves objectives, strategy and execution of electronic, print and new media.  Prerequisite: MCOM 214

 

MCOM 357 Public Relations Writing (3)

Composing, editing and producing various media materials for both internal and external publications, including press releases, media kits, brochures and newsletters. Prerequisite: MCOM 253. GenEd I.D.

 

MNGT 361 Principles of Management (3)

Nature, development and future prospects of management and organization theory. Management functions and processes in terms of planning, organizing, leading, controlling and communications. Exploration of social responsibility of business and international management. Prerequisite: Junior standing.

 

MNGT 381 Human Resource Management (3)

Techniques and issues in acquiring, developing, motivating, and maintaining a competent work force. Topics include equal employment opportunity, human resource planning, recruitment and selection, training and development, performance evaluations, motivation, compensation and benefits, labor relations, and safety and health. Prerequisites: Junior standing, MNGT 361.

 

WRIT 375 Public Administration (3)

The theory and practice of managing the public’s business with special emphasis on organizational change, personnel and budget.  Writing for public administration and the use of computer-based data sources.  Prerequistie:  POSC 103 and ENGL 102 or ENGL 190.  GenEd I.D.

 

ARTH 498 Internship in Art History (3)

A non-paid work experience in cooperating arts organizations, institutions, and businesses. 100 hours and a written assignment related to the internship. May be repeated for a maximum of 9 credits. Prerequisites: consent of instructor and interview.

 

ANTH 491-492 Internship in Anthropology I, II  (3)  Supervised experience in work setting which facilitates understanding of roles and relationships relevant to anthropological inquiry and application of anthropological knowledge. Although opportunities to do anthropologically oriented fieldwork in the community will usually

be available, placement in agencies dedicated to anthropological inquiry may not always be possible. Students may elect to take one term for 3 units (491) or two terms for 3 units each (491-492), in one agency for both terms or in a different agency each term. No more than 3 units may be earned in a term without consent of the chair, which will be

granted only when agency requirements and student needs make it appropriate. Prerequisites: concentration in anthropology; junior standing and consent of internship coordinator

 

HIST 493 Internship (3) Experience designed to combine the

research and content of history with work in historical libraries, museums, archival depositories and similar agencies. No more than 6 units to be earned with any one agency. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 units. Graded S/U. Prerequisites: 27 units in history and consent of department chair. (Not for graduate credit.)

 

ARTH 495 Independent Study in Art History (3)

Advanced research and examination of a topic in art history.  Prerequisites: ARTH 221, ARTH 222 and at least one upper-division art history, and consent of instructor.

 

ANTH 495 Independent Research (3) Supervised research and anthropological investigation leading to preparation of a research project or a supervised field experience. For senior students with a concentration in anthropology. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 units. Prerequisites: at least 12 units in ANTH and consent of department

chair.

 

HIST 496 Directed Individual Research (3)  Research and reading dealing with a historical topic to be selected by the instructor and student; considerable attention to methodology. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 units. Prerequisites: 15 units in history and a minimum average of 3.00 in history, and consent of instructor and department chair.

 

Director: Nancy Siegel
Associate Professor of Art History
Office: Center for the Arts, Room 3103D
Phone: 410-704-3682
Email: nsiegel@towson.edu

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