Museum Studies

MSC01 1050
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131

Physical Location:
Hibben Center
Rm 320

Phone: (505) 277-0786

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Undergraduate Minor

The Undergraduate Minor in Museum Studies provides UNM students with an academic foundation and practical training in the fundamentals of museology. The minor is designed to complement majors in the fields of anthropology, biology and environmental sciences, history, art and art history, and education. It is a good fit for any student interested in the role museums play in society or a potential museum career.  The program emphasizes mentoring and applied learning through a combination of academic instruction, supervised internships, and participation in professional work settings. Additional emphasis is placed on collection care, management, and preservation.

The Minor consists of a minimum of 18 credit hours in Museum Studies (MSST), including 12 upper division (400 level) undergraduate credit hours of required coursework and 6 upper division credit hours of the students’ choosing within the Museum Studies program.

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Program of Studies

Course Requirements - Certificate

Cr. Hrs.

Museum Practices (MSST 407)
Museum Interpretation (MSST 475)
Museum Collection Management (MSST 476)
Upper-division MSST courses**
Total course hours:
Practicum: Museum Methods (MSST 486) ∆
Minimum credit hours required:

∆ Six (6) credit maximum.

** Courses taken within a related discipline may be used upon petition to the Program Director. Only courses in which a student has received a "C" grade or better will be accepted toward the minor.

Note: Courses required for a major may not be used to fulfill minor requirements.