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Museum Studies Minor

Museum Object class installation photoStudents 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 to Museum Studies minors.

  • 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)
  • Introduction to Arts Administration (ARE 4932)
  • An Archive Administration course, such as:
    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 internship hours, the student should first make arrangements with Dr. Paul Niell to make sure their internship qualifies for the minor. The student then fills out the online Internship Registration Form, which is automatically submitted to the Art History Academic Coordinator, who registers the student for classes. Important Note: the Internship Registration Form needs to be filled out before the semester in which you will be interning. For example, if you are planning on interning in the Spring, you will fill out the Internship Registration Form during the Spring Registration period that takes place during the Fall. 

Questions or problems with this process should be directed to Juan Barceló-González.

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.