The Department of Museum Studies prepares Baylor students for careers in the museum profession, cultural organizations, and related non-profit institutions through an undergraduate major, a baccalaureate minor, and a joint BA/MA. Students will come away with a solid grounding in museum education, collections management, curation, and administration, and with the opportunity to concentrate in any one of these or in museum-related research.
Museum Studies (MST)
Introduction to the historical development of museums, the museum profession, and the field of museum studies.
The history and development of museum education including both directed/formal education and free-choice/informal learning.
Examines cultural collections in museums, libraries, and archives, including their historical development; their role in society; and their use in scholarship, education, and public programming.
Undergraduate research undertaken under the supervision of a faculty member. May be taken for a maximum of 6 hours.
Overview of museum and non-profit administration, with emphasis on governance, oversight, budgetary planning, fundraising, public relations, and ethics.
Development of outreach techniques in U.S. museums. Hands-on experience researching, creating, and executing strategies in advertising, public relations, marketing, and development/fundraising, including a marketing plan for a museum/archive/library partner institution.
Varieties and techniques of historic preservation in America.
The material evidence of American life, including everyday artifacts, and those reflecting social and political history.
Guide to the origins, nature and display, as well as chronological and geographical classification of American decorative arts.
Ethical issues in museums, libraries, and archives. Emphasis on collections management issues such as fakes and forgeries, accessioning and deaccessioning, cultural patrimony, interpretation and exhibition, and repatriation.
The history of records and recordkeeping systems, the organizational structure of museums, and the respective roles of collectors and researchers in the archival environment.
Advanced topics in Museum Studies not covered in other museum studies courses. May be repeated once under a different topic.
Exhibit design as a way to meet the needs, interests and learning styles of museum visitors.
Internship in the daily operation of a museum or related organization and completion of a specialized project.
Directed studies of standards of museum professional practices.
May be taken for a maximum of 6 hours.