Undergraduate Catalog: 2019-20

Museum Studies BA

Museum studies is a professional training program, supported with a traditional liberal arts foundation, which prepares students to enter the job market for jobs in museums. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts an 11 percent increase in jobs in these fields between 2010 and 2020. Typical entry level jobs in museums do not require training beyond the bachelor’s degree, and the median salary is between 38,000 and 47,000 depending on specific institutions. Having experience in a museum environment is typically required for entry-level museum jobs, positioning graduates with this degree to be competitive in the marketplace.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon graduation, students in the Bachelor of Arts in Museum Studies will have acquired:

  • General competencies: liberal arts
  • Knowledge of and skills in the application of the intellectual foundations of museum work
  • Knowledge of and skills in the theory and practice of museum operations
  • Knowledge of and skills in serving the museum’s communities
  • Knowledge of and skills in creating, preserving and sharing museum resources

Degree Requirements

The Bachelor of Arts in Museum Studies requires 120 credit hours:

  • 57 credit hours in Major Required Courses
  • 47-49 credit hours of general education courses
  • 17-19 credit hours in elective courses as needed

Program of Studies

  • Major required courses, 57 credit hours:
    • 18 hours MUEM Core Courses:
    • 12 credit hours of MUEM practicum courses
    • 3 hours studio required courses: ART 155
    • 12 hours Art History: Art 109, Art 110, Art 345, Art 348 or Art 431/2
    • 6 credit hours directed electives: ACCT 100, MKT 281, MGMT 230, COMM 215, COMM 385, COMM 450
  • General education, 47-49 credit hours with directed courses including ART 109, MUEM 225, and ART 498
  • Electives, 17-19 credit hours

Admission Requirements

Applicants to the Bachelor of Arts in Museum Studies Program must meet University of Saint Francis admission requirements.

Progression Requirements

Students in the Bachelor of Arts in Museum Studies Program complete a sophomore portfolio review.

Graduation Requirements

Students in the Bachelor of Arts in Museum Studies Program complete a senior portfolio review.