Museum Studies investigates the history and political role of museums, the interpretation and display of cultural productions, and topics of concern to museums as cultural organizations, using a multidisciplinary, practice-based approach to understand the historical development of this evolving field.
The theoretical and applied aspects of the concentration in Museum Studies give students the opportunity to participate in multidisciplinary graduate coursework in the humanities, social sciences, curatorial methods, and management in addition to hands-on, practical learning through the optional internship. Students learn about the history and political role of museums, the interpretation and display of a wide variety of cultural productions, and topics of special concern to museums as cultural organizations.
The concentration emphasizes critical, theoretical, and practice-related developments in the ever-changing field of museums, exhibitions, and sites of public memory. Students will acquire the knowledge and expertise to meet the challenges confronting arts and cultural organizations today.
The School of Arts & Humanities offers the concentration in Museum Studies to students in the Applied Women’s Studies, Cultural Studies, English, History, Philosophy, and Religion programs. The concentration is awarded in conjunction with the degree and is noted on the transcript as an additional area of qualification.
- You will be trained in both field-based work and text-based work through opportunities for internships with a range of cultural organizations and institutions, including the Wende Museum, La Plaza de Cultura y Artes, The Getty Museum, The Bowers Museum, LACMA, and the Autry Museum of the American West.
- CGU’s Southern California location provides access to one of the most dynamic and innovative arts centers in the world.