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Museum Studies (Minor)

About the Program

The minor in museum studies is designed to provide students with the knowledge and expertise to work in the museum setting. It supplements majors in the Schools of Natural and Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities, Education, and the Professions. An important feature is its flexibility, allowing students to customize the program according to individual interests. The minor will complement the studies of history, anthropology, art history, geography, music, urban planning, art education, social studies education, childhood education, creative studies, and others. It offers students the opportunity to develop interests in material culture exhibition, preservation, and presentation, administration, curation, and museums as tools for learning. The minor reflects the mission of SUNY Buffalo State for community engagement and allows students to explore career options by working for cultural institutions/not-for-profit agencies through internships and to prepare for advanced graduate study.

About the History and Social Studies Education Department Department

C205 Classroom Building
1300 Elmwood Ave
Buffalo, NY 14222
Phone: (716) 878-5412
Fax: (716) 878-3882

Program Requirements

Total Required Credit Hours 21 cr
Required Courses (6 cr)

HIS/MST 380 Introduction to the Museum
(Prerequisite for all other courses)
HIS/MST 419 Curatorship

Field Experience (3 cr)
HIS/MST 450 Museum Internship
HIS/MST 488 Museum Internship

Museum Studies Electives (6 cr)
HIS/MST 379 Museums and Civic Engagement
HIS/MST 381 The Role of the History Museum
HIS/MST 420 Administration of the Historical Agency or Art Museum
HIS/MST 425 Museum Preservation and Practice
HIS/MST 480 Digital Collections
Selected by advisement

Elective Content Courses (6 cr)
Two elective classes from related field of study (may be chosen from major field of study)
Selected by advisement

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