Learning Goals

Minors in museums and society:

  • Investigate a range of museum types and the issues and ideas that inform their activities in both the past and present
  • Analyze the social contexts surrounding the collection, preservation, circulation, and consumption of material culture, including the ways in which things accrue and/or change meaning over time as part of new contexts and collections
  • Evaluate how museums shape and are shaped by the societies and events of which they are a part
  • Locate, analyze and evaluate a wide range of primary source types, with special attention paid to those of particular relevance to the history, practice, and reception of museums and heritage sites including but not limited to criticism, visual display, and the taxonomies of collections
  • Locate, analyze and evaluate critical scholarship on museums and material culture in a wide range of fields
  • Broaden their view of their home discipline by attending to the ways in which museums intersect with historical structures of knowledge, and by pursuing their academic work in thoughtful and ethically informed engagement with the public
  • Mobilize objects and collections to explain, interpret and present culture, the past, and/or science for public audiences
  • Develop competence working with primary material sources, including visual analysis, technical examination, and archival research
  • Gain experience in collaborative community-based work done under professional conditions, with a public purpose and to a deadline
  • Develop competence in communicating complex ideas effectively to diverse audiences in a wide variety of public formats (e.g., oral presentations, performances, research posters, interpretive signage, exhibitions, web-based interactives).