Critical Museum Studies is a pre-professional interdisciplinary MA program with coursework in Art, Anthropology, and Arts Management. Students are required to take courses in each of the three core programs, providing an interdisciplinary perspective and preparing graduates for real world applications of their degree.
Critical Museum Studies offers a theoretically informed and politically engaged perspective on the current museum field. Today, as museums negotiate a digital shift in a newly globalized museum world, a host of new pressures have arisen for curators and collections. This program puts these new possibilities and challenges front and center.
The MA consists of a minimum of 36 credit hours and is entirely self-funded as no TA support is available for this program. All students will be required to take 3 core courses in the three core departments/programs, write a thesis and participate in a practicum/internship program in one of the core departments/programs.
Core Courses, 9 Credit Hours
Students select 3 courses from 5 core areas. Courses selected must be from 3 different areas.
Electives, 12 Credit Hours
Choose from the three participating departments: Anthropology, Arts Management or Visual Studies. Additionally, other electives are available in Digital Media Studies and Classics, with approval from the program directors.
Independent Study, 3 Credit Hours
Choose one three-credit-hour independent study from any of the three departments:
Internship, 6 Credit Hours
Master’s Thesis, 6 Credit Hours