Museum Studies Graduate Minor

The Museum Studies Graduate Minor explores the history, philosophy, operations, and functions of museums—broadly defined to include art, science, history, specialized museums, and others. The interdisciplinary program combines a theoretical basis with practical experiences in the form of internships, field trips, and directed research projects to give students a foundation for work in university, public, and private museums in a rapidly growing profession. This minor is open to students in any major.

Because experience is highly valued in museum work, students are strongly encouraged to pursue additional opportunities such as a second internship or volunteer work in museums. In special cases, the Museum Studies Minor provides opportunities for entry-level museum positions in aquaria; art galleries; botanical gardens; corporate archives and collections; historical houses and sites; monuments; museums; national, state and county parks; nature centers, and zoos. This minor also prepares students to be active supporters of museums and life-long learners who use museums.

What our students say:

The Museum Studies Minor helped me understand museums' unique challenges and opportunities. My favorite parts were field trips with collection tours and guest speakers from a wide range of museums. This hands-on style was also beneficial to my career. After fulfilling my internship, I was hired by the same museum to work on an exhibition that is touring the country! - Jenny Parker

I loved getting behind-the-scenes perspectives from a variety of museums - from science to history to art  - and hearing about the field from museum professionals. On a deeper level, I felt the courses did a great job of asking us to consider what role and purpose museums fulfill. The internship also provided unexpected opportunities to work on real museum projects. - Areca Roe

Eligibility and Requirements

Internship Requirements

Links to University of Minnesota museums and galleries

Links to museum professional organizations

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