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University Graduate
School 2002-2004
Academic Bulletin

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Museum Studies

School of Liberal Arts Indianapolis

Assistant Professor Elizabeth Kryder-Reid (Anthropology, Museum Studies)

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Graduate Faculty
Museum Studies Program

Graduate Faculty

Michael Cohen (Education), Barbara Jackson* (Anthropology), Susan Sutton (Anthropology)

Associate Professors
Jeanette Dickerson-Putman (Anthropology), Elizabeth Brand Monroe* (History), Kevin Robbins* (History), Jean Robertson* (Art History), Philip Scarpino* (History), Robert Sutton* (Classical Studies), Mary Tschirhart (SPEA)

Assistant Professor
Paul Mullins* (Anthropology)

Curriculum Advisors
Jeffrey Bonner (Indianapolis Zoological Society, Inc.), David Cassady (The Children's Museum of Indianapolis), Herminia Din (The Children's Museum of Indianapolis), Judi Ryan (The Children's Museum of Indianapolis), David Vanderstel (The Polis Center, National Council on Public History), Bret Waller (Indianapolis Museum of Art)

Academic Advisor
Assistant Professor Elizabeth Kryder-Reid, Cavanaugh Hall 419, (317) 274-1406

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Museum Studies Program

The Museum Studies Program provides an integration of museum history and theory with hands-on instruction in a variety of museum techniques and practices. It encompasses the scholarly exploration of museums, their history, operations, and role in society from an interdisciplinary perspective while also training students in the technical aspects of museum work such as collections care and management, administration, education, exhibit planning and design, and technology.

As an urban university, IUPUI is part of a community with a rich heritage of museums and cultural arts. The Museum Studies Program has developed collaborative relationships with area museums and developed an extensive network of adjunct faculty and guest lecturers who bring state of the art museum practice to the curriculum. The program also offers extensive opportunities for student learning through the resources of the museum community with experiences such as internships, collaboration on exhibit development and design, exhibition and collections focused courses, access to collections, collaboration with faculty on museum research projects, and participation in museum-sponsored seminars, lectures, and professional meetings. The integral role of Indianapolis museums in the museum studies curriculum fosters a critical, reflective, and scholarly discourse on museums that is applied to current practices and issues in the field.

Students considering application to the certificate program are welcome in the classes (with prerequisites or instructor's consent). Up to nine credits earned as a graduate nondegree student may be applied toward the certificate upon admission to the certificate program.

Course Requirements
The Museum Studies Graduate Certificate consists of 18 credit hours of course work, including a required Museum Studies Core course (3 cr.), and a choice of five additional courses (15 cr.) from a list of Museum Studies courses. All these courses must be passed with a grade of B- or above in order to count for the Certificate. Electives and internships must be approved by the Director of Museum Studies prior to registration

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Graduate Core Curriculum
Museum Studies Graduate Courses
Additional Museum Studies Course

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Graduate Core Curriculum (3 cr.)

A503 Introduction to Museum Studies (3 cr.) This survey of museology introduces students to the history of museums and to debates on the philosophical nature of museums and their roles in society. The course covers the types and definitions of museums, traces the history of museums, discusses contemporary museum practice and examines current issues in the museum profession.

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Museum Studies Graduate Courses (15 cr.)

Choose five courses from the following, or from a list of approved electives. See program director for a current list of approved electives.

MSTD A508 Museum Internship (1-6 cr.) P: A503 and two other Museum Studies graduate courses or consent of the instructor. An arranged learning experience in museum work appropriate to individual career goals, focusing on an aspect of museum practice and working with a museum mentor. May be repeated for credit.

MSTD A510 Museum Education (3 cr.) P: A503 or consent of instructor. This survey of museum education introduces students to a variety of professional skills through exercises, projects, museum visitor observation, and in-museum classes. It covers education theory most central to museum practice, the duties of museum educators, and current issues in museum education.

MSTD A512 Exhibit Planning and Design (3 cr.) P: A503 or consent of instructor. This course offers a survey of museum exhibit planning and design through an integration of theory and practice. The class introduces students to exhibit development, including exhibit administration, design, and evaluation, and to a variety of professional skills through hands-on exercises, exhibit critiques, museum observations, and in-museum classes.

MSTD A514 Museums and Technology (3 cr.) P: A503 or consent of instructor. This course surveys the growing use of technology in museums. It examines applications for information management in collections, conservation science, and archives. It examines critically the use of technology in the service of education both in exhibit contexts and in the variety of educational programs and Web-based dissemination of knowledge.

MSTD A516 Collections Care and Management (3 cr.) P: A 503 or consent of instructor. A survey of techniques for the management and care of collections in museums. It covers documentation, management of collections, processes, administrative functions, risk management, and ethical and legal issues. The course also covers the physical care and conservation of collections.

MSTD A518 Museums and Audiences (3 cr.) P: A503 or consent of instructor. This course examines the ways museums seek to better understand their audiences, serve them more effectively, and strive to reach new audiences. The course looks at a broad range of visitor studies and the ways in which museums and audiences interact.

AADM Y525 Museum Management (3 cr.) P: consent of instructor. Management of art and historical museums; the museum: its legal status, the building, management and staff, goals and objectives, fundraising and budgeting, collections and exhibition, education, and community outreach (Bloomington campus only).

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Additional Museum Studies Course

MSTD A505 Museum Methods (3 cr.) This survey of museum practice introduces students to methods, skills, and resources in three areas of museum work: artifacts, interpretation, and organizational administration, as well as to the ethical ramifications of these methods (course does not count toward graduate certificate).

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