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G Museum Studies

Required Courses

Museum Studies: History and Theory

This foundational seminar provides an interdisciplinary survey of major approaches, theories, issues, and debates in the field of Museum Studies.

Cultural and Financial Management

In this seminar, students obtain tools for managing and running cultural institutions in the 21st century, including financial accounting, budgeting, fundraising, marketing, the visitor experience, and strategic planning.

Museums and Social Justice

By working with local institutions on the representation of diversity and human rights issues, students realize the potential of museums to contribute to more equitable, fair and just societies.

Collections Management and Preservation

This course introduces students to theoretical and practical issues relevant to collections and their care and preservation in a museum environment. The class will explore development of collections policies and procedures, basic care, and collections management principles.

Graduate Internship

This twelve-week internship places students in a museum setting where they complete a major project under the guidance of an on-site museum supervisor and a Museum Studies faculty advisor. An on-line component of the course allows completion of the internship in a location of the student’s choice.

Museum Project Management: Capstone

In this final capstone professional practice seminar, students apply the tools and techniques of project management to several kinds of typical museum projects such as collections assessment and inventory, exhibition planning, special events, capital campaigns, and other projects.

Elective Courses

Curatorial Studies Practicum

In this hands-on seminar, students develop a theoretical basis and direct, professional practice in the area of museum/curatorial studies. Applying curatorial ‘best practices’, students curate their own public exhibition in USF’s Thacher Gallery, Donohue Rare Book Room, or another exhibition space on or off campus.

Exhibition Design Practicum

This seminar provides students with hands-on experience in the planning, design, and installation of a public exhibition for the university’s Thacher Gallery, placing equal emphasis on concepts (content development) and craft (signage production and artifact installation).

Museums and the Law Practicum

Students explore the application of legal principles to museum practices through case studies and discussions. Areas covered include accessioning and deaccessioning policies, stolen work and cultural patrimony issues, tax and intellectual property concerns and the legal impact of technology and new fundraising strategies on museums.

Museums and Technology Practicum

In this seminar, students explore the impact and use of social media and internet technology on the museums, including a thorough examination of the current uses and effects of digitization, the Internet and commercial wireless technologies in the museum setting.


Students have options for elective courses in a variety of disciplines including anthropology, art & architectural history, biotechnology, budgeting and accounting, environmental science, history, international studies, education and other programs to be arranged on a case-by-case basis.