Critical Museum Studies is a pre-professional interdisciplinary MA program under the aegis of three programmatic sponsors and core departments/programs: Art, Anthropology, and Arts Management. Students are required to take courses in each of the three core programs thereby ensuring that an interdisciplinary perspective is built into the program.
Critical Museum Studies offers a theoretically informed and politically engaged perspective on the current museum field. The museum world is in the midst of new pressures and is struggling with shifting paradigms, attempting to negotiate perhaps the most seismic changes since its 19th century origins. Today, as museums negotiate a digital shift in a newly globalized museum world, a host of new pressures have arisen. This program places these issues 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
Electives, 9 Credit Hours
Choose from the three participating departments
Independent Study, 6 Credit Hours
First and Second Semesters
Choose one, three credit hour independent study from any of the three departments:
Internship, 6 Credit Hours
Master’s Thesis, 6 Credit Hours
(in accord with department of enrollment)