Museum Studies (B.A.)

Megan Pellegrino, Director of Museum Studies and Director of the Hoover Historical Center

Student Learning Outcomes

1. Students will care for objects in terms of collections policy, preservation and conservation, storage, exhibition design, transport and handling, environment, and basic registration methods.

2. Students will distinguish among the various kinds of visitors in terms of motivation and learning style in order to market to diverse groups, interpret objects for a variety of audiences, and generally enhance the visitor experience.

3. Students will demonstrate leadership skills critical to museum sustainability in terms of ethics, fundraising and development, project management, diversity and cultural sensitivity, and community collaborations.

4. Students will exhibit content knowledge in one of three areas: art history, history, or the natural sciences.

5. Students will master hands-on experiences in the practicum and internship in order to put theory into practice within a designated career cluster (leadership, curatorial, education).

6. Students will research and write effectively.

7. Students will communicate effectively through oral presentations and digital platforms.



  • General Education Requirements
  • A total of 39 sem. hrs. in Museum Studies from Lists A, B, C and D below
  • A minor in one of the following disciplines: Objects Conservation, Art, Art History, Biology, Business, Chemistry, Theology, or History (This requirement is waived for transfer students on a reduced core.)
List A: Required Core Museum Studies Courses and Internships
MS 101Introduction to Museum Studies3
MS 201Public History Practicum3
MS 301Museum Studies Internship I3
MS 302Museum Studies InternshipII3
MS 401Seminar in Museology3
MS 402SL:DM: Senior Capstone Project3
List B: Required Core Content Courses
Select three of the following:
ARHI 101T1:DV:History of Art3
ARHI Elective 200 level or higher3
BIO 101T1:Principles of Biology I3
or BIO 102 Principles of Biology II
HIST 101T1:DV:World Civil to 15003
or HIST 102 T1:DV:World Civil 1500 to Pres
HIST 103T1:DV:Hist of the U.S. to 18773
or HIST 104 T1:DV:Hist of U.S. since 1877
SOC 202H2b:DV: Cultural Anthropo3
List C: Required Museum Professionalism
Select nine semester hours from the following:
COM 360Intro Advert/Public Relations3
MS 225Intro to Archives/Records Mgt3
MS 320Museums of Rome (In Rome)3
MS 325Exhibition Design3
MS 330Museum Education3
MS 390Museum Admin & Leadership3
MS 415Senior Internship3
List D: Additional Professional Development Course
Select one of the following:
ENG 240Professional Writing I3
ENG 340H3:Professional Writing II3
ENG 342Grant Writing3