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Museum Studies Minor Program Requirements

Students wishing to minor in Museum Studies are asked to first complete the online Museum Studies Minor Declaration form.  The requirement for the minor is 6 hours of specific required courses, 3 hours of an elective, and 6 hours of internship. These requirements and processes are further outlined below.   

Required Courses – 6 hours

The following two courses are required for the Museum Studies minor, and may be taken in any order although it is preferred that students take Museum Basics before Museum Object. Please note that space is limited in these courses, so enrollment is managed by the Academic Coordinator. Contact Juan Bareceló-González to register for these courses.

  • Museum Basics – ARH 3794
  • Museum Object – ARH 3854

Elective – 3 hours

The student chooses one of the following 3-hour courses:

  • Museum Education (ARE 4930, Special Topics in Art Education)
  • Arts Administration (also listed as ARE 4930 – Special Topics in Art Education)
  • A basic business/non-profit management course, such as:
    PAD 4223 – Budgets & Finances in Managing Public Affairs (Business)
    HIS 4080 – Archives Management (History)
  • A Practicum course connected to a specific exhibition organized by an FSU professor

Please note that only specific courses can be used for the Museum Studies Minor elective; most Art History, Art Education and History courses do not fulfill the requirement. If your elective choice is not on the list, you must clear it with the Museum Studies Minor Advisor, Dr. Paul Niell.

Internship – 6 hours

Museum Studies minors must complete 6 hours of museum internship. Museum Studies minors have the option of one 6-hour internship (240 work-hours) in one semester OR two 3-hour internships (120 work-hours each) over two semesters, in any museum(s), preferably but not necessarily an art museum.

To register for intenship, the student should first make arrangements with the museum supervisor an Art History Instructor of Record who will assign a letter grade for the internship. The student then fills out the online Internship Registration Form, and contacts Juan Barceló-González to be registered for internship hours.

The student’s grade for each 3-hour internship is assigned by the Instructor of Record based on three factors: regular contact with the Instructor, the museum supervisor’s evaluation, and a research paper following the Internship Academic Requirement guidelines. For each 3-hour internship, a 1,250-word paper is required. If a minor elects to take all 6 internship hours in one semester, one 2,500-word paper is required. The student is responsible for maintaining regular contact with the Instructor of Record throughout the semester to discuss paper topics and progress. At the end of the internship, the student asks the the museum supervisor to fill out an Internship Evaluation Form. The student must submit this form and the required paper to the Instructor of Record by the deadline which the Instructor specifies at the beginning of the semester.

Internship Opportunities

FSU Art History students hold internship positions in museums across the country. For interested candidates, a list of local and state-wide institutions that offer internship opportunities is available. Students who need assistance finding and arranging an internship should contact the Museum Studies Minor Advisor, Dr. Paul Niell.