Program Requirements

Museum Studies Certificate 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 Requirements
Introductory Course (3)
ARTS/MSTD 228D P3 Introduction to Museum Studies
MSTD 490 Internship** (3)
Electives (9)
Choose three: 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)

*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 1-3 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.

**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.

***Only one course from HIST 202, 296D, or 298D may be applied to the certificate.

Note: 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.

Museum Studies (Certificate)

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