2017-2018 Catalog

ARTH 392 The Culture of Collections: Introduction to Museum Studies

The history, purpose, and varied practices of museums are examined cross-culturally in this introductory course designed as a community-based practicum. Core concepts of museology, such as: collections management, educational outreach and programming, standards and ethics, curation, exhibition strategies, and disciplinary standards are examined in case study scenarios supported by academic readings and collections-based inquiry. Students will work collaboratively with others in team-based learning and problem solving, while demonstrating critical thinking in written essays and oral debates. The class will make use of the resources of the Autry National Center of the American West.


4 units


One 200-level Art History course or permission of instructor

Core Requirements Met

  • Fine Arts
  • United States Diversity