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Programs in Museum Studies

Combine aspects of museum work and explore it from every angle.

Our minor program reflects the ever-evolving museum profession and the many-sided challenges that lay ahead. Combining hands-on training with future-focused theoretical engagement, you will gain underlying knowledge about today’s museum work and develop skills that grant you the ability to engage in critical conversations about developments in the field.

Under the guidance of our expert faculty, you will explore the curation of material culture including artistic and historical artifacts, everyday museum operations, and museology’s current theoretical, political, and ethical concerns. This program prepares you for graduate study leading to rewarding careers in a broad spectrum of cultural institutions.

100% Success Rate for Museum Studies Graduates

$50K+ Annual Median Pay for Curators and Museum Workers

12% Job Growth by 2031 (U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics)

9:1 Student to Faculty Ratio

Professional Opportunities

students studying exhibit that features a colorful textile at a museum

Our interdisciplinary minor is designed for students from various academic disciplines who wish to enhance their knowledge of museum studies, cultural heritage, and historic preservation. You will gain a solid foundation that leads you to careers in modern-day cultural environments by exploring the curation of material culture –– including ethnographic, artistic, and historical artifacts, everyday museum operations, and museology’s current theoretical, political, and ethical concerns.

Job opportunities: 

  • Museum administration
  • Fiscal management 
  • Collection care and research
  • Museum education
  • Art Advocacy 
  • Reporter

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      TU encourages students to give back to the community and see societal problems through a different lens. In considering issues ranging from low-income to racial biases, students analyze the intricacies of cyclical social issues to gain broader perspectives and insights, which they can share with others and act on in the community.


    • Pursue success with confidence — backed by TU’s job placement guarantee.

      TU is committed to our students’ professional success, which is why our Center for Career Development, aka CaneCareers, offers a job placement guarantee program. We promise that students who follow the program will land an entry-level job in their chosen field or continue their education within six months of graduation, or we’ll give them a free semester of grad school.


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    Our dedicated faculty of experts will prepare you for a myriad of future professional opportunities via coursework that offers both breadth and depth regarding modern-day museum operations – both in theory and practice. Click below to learn more.


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