Museums and Society

(18 semester hours)


Open to all majors, the Museums and Society minor provides a critical understanding of museums as collections-based institutions. It is especially appropriate for students planning a professional career in education, libraries, Anthropology, Art and Architecture History, History and associated fields. Students in the minor gain hands-on experience of current methods and approaches in the museum field through competent and creative research on objects, collections and collecting institutions.

Core courses (required):

CCA 222 Museums and Collections: Beyond the Curio Cabinet (3)
CCA 232 Museums Today: Content, Practices and Audiences (3)
IMS 203 Scholarship in the Digital Age (3)

Six additional semester hours, with approval by advisor, selected from the following clusters:

Material Culture (3,3)
Visual Culture (3,3)
Art History (3,3)
Heritage Management/Public History/Historic Preservation/Archives/Oral History (3,3)
Natural History (3,3)
Technology and Design (3,3)
Communications (3,3)
Non-Profit Management (3,3)
Museum Education (3,3)
Conservation (3,3)

Three semester hours of experiential learning, approved by advisor.

Examples include AMS 435 Public History Practicum (3), ART 392 Field Study in Art and Architecture History, and
ART 498/598 Capstone: Seminar in History and Methods in Art and Architectural History (3).


A minimum 2.00 GPA is required for all courses in this minor. Courses must be taken for a grade (not credit/no-credit).
Students planning to take this minor should consult with the chief program adviser.


Miami University Art Museum
Robert Wicks, Director
801 South Patterson Avenue