The Minor in Museum Studies includes course work and an experiential learning component. Courses are planned to provide a broad overview of museum history as well as knowledge of museum theory, methodology and practice consistent with contemporary national and international standards. A wide variety of collections, audiences, interpretive formats cultural and demographic change, and scholarly directions are studied. Campus and regional museums, informal learning environments, collections, and exhibitions provide active, integrated, learning experiences. The Broad Art Museum, the Michigan State University Museum, Beal-Darlington Herbarium, Abrams Planetarium, Michigan State University Library Special Collections, MSU Archives, Anthropology, are among some of the relevant campus sites.

An interdisciplinary and intercollegiate program, available as an elective to students who are enrolled in bachelor’s degree programs at Michigan State University. With the approval of the department and the college that administer the student’s degree program, the courses that are used to satisfy the requirements for the minor may also be used to satisfy the requirements for the bachelor’s degree.

Students who plan to complete the requirements for the minor should consult the undergraduate advisor in the College of Arts and Letters (see advising path).

The student must complete the following (15 credits):

  1. Both of the following courses:
    • MUSM 485 Foundations of Museum Studies (3 credits)
    • MUSM 496 Museum Studies Internship (3 credits)
  2. At least 3 of the following courses:
    • MUSM 488 Museum Curatorial Practices (3 credits)
    • MUSM 492 Special Topics in Museum Studies (1 to 3 credits)
    • MUSM 494 Museum Exhibitions: Theory and Development (3 credits)
    • MUSM 497 Practicum in Museum Studies (1 to 3 credits)
    • MUSM 498 Learning in Museums (3 credits)

With approval of the undergraduate advisor for Museum Studies, a course selected from a wide range of disciplines may be counted toward the requirements for the Minor in Museum Studies including ACM 271 and relevant CSUS courses.