Museum Studies (Graduate Certificate)

The museum studies program examines how museums produce and reflect culture and the role museums play worldwide.

Students develop theoretical questions and applied skills that engage the functions, practices and critical analyses of museums. They also gain practical experience while being encouraged to challenge preconceived notions about museums and the way they affect (and are affected by) societies and cultures.

Designed to be use-inspired, socially embedded and transcultural, the program ensures that students understand the meaning and significance of museums in contemporary society and prepares them for diverse museum careers.

The certificate in museum studies requires a total of 18 credit hours and can be taken in conjunction with another graduate degree at Arizona State University or on its own as an advanced course of study by those who work in museums or intend to do so.

Pre-admission coursework may be counted toward the degree with the permission of the director of the museum studies program and in accordance with ASU Graduate College policy. Additionally, for students enrolled in another ASU graduate degree program, applicable certificate courses may count towards their degree program with the approval and consent of the degree-granting program.

Core Coursework
ASB 579: Critical Issues in Museum Studies (3 credits)

Elective Coursework (9 credits)
At least three courses relevant to your research interests and educational needs. Electives include courses in many fields, most commonly anthropology, art history, and public history. You are encouraged to propose to the program’s Executive Committee, additional courses from any ASU unit as possible electives.

Internship or Practicum (6 credits)
The 320-hour internship (equivalent to 6 credit hours) must take place in a museum or collection, supervised by an on-site member of staff. The internship must be approved by the director of the museum studies program and is normally expected to contribute to a project that has real significance to the institution. Up to 160 hours (equivalent to 1-3 credit hours) may be fulfilled in the form of an ASU-based practicum that contributes to a project and/or exhibit at an approved ASU museum or collection.

ASB 580 Practicum (3 credits) and ASB 584 Museum Internship (3 cedits) OR
ASB 584 Museum Internship (6 credits)

Degree Offered

Museum Studies (Graduate Certificate)
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