Museum Studies Program Requirements
All students pursuing the certificate in museum studies must take two required courses and three elective courses. The certificate normally requires 15 credit hours.*
Museum Studies Certificate
To earn the certificate in museum studies, the student must complete each course declared to be part of the program with a grade of at least a "C" (2.00) and achieve a grade point average of a 2.50 for all five courses. A student may transfer only two courses from another institution to be applied to the certificate, and the internship course may not be transferred.
Introductory Course - 3 credits
- ARTS/MSTD 228D - P3 Introduction to Museum Studies
Internship - 3 credits
- MSTD 490 - Internship*
This course may be taken in the student’s major or minor department. The internship must: take place with a museum, archive, or historic site; include an analytic research paper on a significant aspect of museum studies, as appropriate to the particular internship experience; and be approved in advance by the program director, regardless of what other requirements the internship course has for the department in which it listed.
Electives - 9 credits
Choose THREE courses from the following group.
- AMST/ARTS 201C - P1 Picturing the Past
- ARTS/MSTD 229D - P3 This Old House - Historic Site Administration
- COMM 269 - Web Design
- HIST 202 - P1 Women and Gender in the 19th Century**
- HIST 296D - History of Rochester**
- HIST 298D - New York State History**
- HIST 390 - Public History: Historians and the Community
- HIST 395 - The Usable Past
Total: 15 credits
*Students pursuing the certificate who have already earned a baccalaureate degree and who have at least one year of experience with the operation of a museum or archive (paid or unpaid) may petition the director to substitute a one–to–three credit MSTD 496 Independent Study for the 490 Internship requirement. This course will consist of preparing an analytic research paper on a significant aspect of museum studies. The topic must be approved by the director, and the student must complete the Independent Study/Tutorial Authorization form. These students may complete the certificate with 13–15 credit hours.
**Only one course from HIST 202, 296D or 298D may be applied to the certificate.
Note: The information here is provided for informational purposes only. For exact requirements as well as course descriptions, visit the Undergraduate Catalog.