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Program Overview

Minor Requirements | Secondary Fields | Internships | Courses Offered

Museum practice is inherently multi-disciplinary and cross-disciplinary, benefiting from knowledge and experience in the fine arts, sciences, history, anthropology, education, computer science, design, marketing, finance, and other fields.

To complete a minor in the Museum Studies Program, students must satisfy the following requirements designed to acquire the depth and breadth of knowledge and experience necessary in the field.

1) General College Requirements

2) All requirements of a Major

3) One required 4-credit, 200-level course, “Introduction to Museum Studies” (MUST 200)

4) At least 12 hours of Museum Studies electives, at least eight of which must be upper-division (300- and 400-level). These courses must come from at least two different disciplines. Courses listed only as “Museum Studies” (MUST) may count as a separate discipline, but only if they are NOT cross-listed.

5) Completion of eight credit hours of internship experience.


Elective courses that count for Museum Studies are listed every semester in the “Schedule of Classes,” and include courses in Anthropology, Art History, Biology, Chemistry, Economics, English, and History. Below is a list of standing courses which will be cross-listed, but, again, additional courses – including ones from other departments – are available every semester so students should check the “Schedule of Classes” for a full listing prior to registration.

ANTH 202 – Archaeology Practicum

ANTH 303 – The Gambia Field Study Program (when taught by Gijanto)

ANTH 306 – Principles of Applied Anthropology

ANTH 311 – Native American Culture and History

ANTH 357 – Archaeological Analysis and Curation

ANTH 410 – Historical Archaeology Field School (this course may count as an internship OR a course, but NOT both)

ANTH 454 – Archaeological Survey

ARTH 306 – American Art

ARTH 321 – Art and Architecture of the Ancient Maya

ARTH 440 – Advanced Topics in Applied Art Theory (when the topic is “Curation”)

ECON 304 – Cultural Economics

ENG 130 – (when the topic is “Reading Nature”)

HIST 430 – Maryland History Research Seminar


In addition, Museum Studies offers its own electives:

MUST 301 – Interpreting for the Public. This course explores the methods for public interpretation at a range of institutions, from public gardens to Historic St. Mary’s City.

MUST 390 – Special Topics Courses. These 2- and 4-credit classes cover topics that range from sailing the Maryland Dove and working the tobacco farm at Historic St. Mary’s to building replica historic houses and creating exhibits at local museums.


Internships are regularly available at a number of institutions, from the Boyden Art Gallery on campus and Historic St. Mary’s City next door, to local sites such as Sotterley Plantation, Jefferson-Patterson Park, and Calvert Marine Museum. Students also have worked at museums all across Maryland, in Washington, DC, and at locations throughout America, Europe, Africa, and the Caribbean. Students must set up their own internships, either by applying for existing programs at a host institution, or by making contact with a desired host institution and designing their own unique experience. Students should contact the Career Development Office and read its internship web site in order to make sure their experience will count for credit.

The Museum Studies Program, in conjunction with the Center for the Study of Democracy, also is proud to operate the Martin E. Sullivan Scholars Program. This scholarship program pays selected students up to $3000 for expenses related to an internship experience. For more information on becoming a Sullivan Scholar, click here.