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Museum Studies Curriculum

Degree Requirements:

The M.A. in Museum Studies consists of 32 graduate credits. The program can be completed in 16 months including the summer session.

The program has three components:

1. Core Courses (20 credits): Students complete the courses listed below:

MUSE 600: Museum Studies: History & Theory (4 credits)
MUSE 601: Cultural & Financial Management (4 credits)
MUSE 602: Museums & Social Justice (4 credits)
MUSE 603: Collections Management & Preservation (4 credits)
MUSE 610: Graduate Internship (4 credits)
MUSE 630: Museum Project Management Capstone (4 credits)

2. Elective Practica Courses (8 credits): Students complete at least two courses from the list below:

 MUSE 605: Curatorial Studies Practicum (4 credits)
MUSE 606: Exhibition Design Practicum (4 credits)
MUSE 607: Museums and the Law Practicum (4 credits)
MUSE 608: Museums and Technology Practicum (4 credits)

*Note, students may also elect to take 4-unit courses in specific areas of interest (including art and architectural history, history, international studies, environmental science, etc.) that are offered in both B.A. and M.A. programs in the College of Arts and Sciences for graduate credit, to be arranged with the instructor and Academic Director.

The following courses are cross-listed with the B.A. program in Art History/Arts Management in the Department of Art + Architecture and are available as electives:

MUSE 652/ART 302 - Renaissance Art (4)
MUSE 653/ART 303 - Baroque Art: From Rome to Versailles (4)
MUSE 655/ART 305 - Modern & Contemporary Art (4)
MUSE 656/ART 306 - Women & Art (4)
MUSE 657/ART 307 - Asian Art (4)
MUSE 658/ART 308 - African Art (4)
MUSE 659/ART 309 - Art of the Americas
MUSE 661/ART 311 - Medieval Art & Society (4)
MUSE 690/ART 390 - Special Topics in Art History (4)

Sample Curriculum

Fall Semester, Year 1 (August-December)

MUSE 600: Museum Studies: History & Theory
MUSE 601: Cultural & Financial Management
Practicum 1 (or elective)

Spring Semester, Year 1 (January-May)

MUSE 602: Museums & Social Justice
MUSE 603: Collections Management & Preservation
Practicum 2 (or elective)

Summer Semester, Year 1 (June-August)

MUSE 610: Graduate Internship (4 credits)

Fall Semester, Year 2 (August-December)

 MUSE 630: Museum Project Management Capstone (4 credits)
PracticPracticum um topics will rotate. Students may elect to take additional practica as they are offered.

*Note:  Alumnae/i of the B.A. program in Art History/Arts Management at USF who have completed ART 200: Museum Studies 1, will have the option of bypassing or substituting an additional graduate-level practicum or elective course for MUSE 600: Museum Studies: History and Theory due to curricular overlap, if desired. Those eligible students who elect to bypass MUSE 600 or an approved substitution course will complete 28 units instead of the normal 32 unit requirement for the degree.