Learning Goals

Minors in museums and society:

  • Investigate a broad 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
  • Investigate past and present relationships between museums and the academic disciplines
  • Locate, analyze, and evaluate a wide range of primary sources and data relevant to the history, practice, and reception of collections, museums and heritage sites
  • Locate, analyze, and evaluate critical scholarship on museums and material culture
  • Research, examine, and care for collections responsibly
  • Mobilize objects and collections to explain, interpret and present culture, the past, and/or science for public audiences
  • Apply a problem-based learning cycle to new and unique situations
  • Respond reflexively and morally to ethical dilemmas arising in the course of public-facing interpretive work and publicly engaged research
  • Collaborate effectively on a long-term project, including navigating the dynamics of group communication respectfully
  • Communicate complex ideas effectively to diverse audiences in a wide variety of public formats