Course Schedule

The courses below are those offered for the term. (To view the course description, class dates & times, touch on accordion tab by the title.)

  • Online Courses

    465.732.81 - Engaging Communities in Heritage: Ownership, Stewardship, Sustainability, and Creative Cultural Expression

    $4167

    Linda Norris

    Online 5/16 - 8/22

    Museums and other heritage institutions are increasingly recognizing the value of "bottom-up" heritage programming. This class will explore issues related to community engagement in the heritage sector as well as strategize ways to engage various constituencies in the formulation, collection, and presentation of their heritage. We will use global case studies (as related to memory and memorial, sites of conscience, marginalized histories, indigenous heritage, and eco-museums) to explore the challenges faced by such projects. Examining both the failures and successes will result in a broader understanding of best practices in the field and help us formulate effective strategies for future engagement.

    Technology Fee: $175.00

  • Off-Site or International

    465.780.91 - Internship

    $4167

    Judith Landau

    Sunday 12:00 - 12:00; 5/16 - 8/22

    An internship at a cultural heritage organization, approved by the internship coordinator, may be substituted for one elective course. To fulfill the internship requirement, a student must complete a minimum of 80 hours of work on-site and a project, (either a research paper or a practical product) on an approved topic related to his/her experience, due at the end of the semester. Students also participate in online discussion and course work during the semester. Before registering for the internship option, the student should contact the internship coordinator for approval. At least four to six weeks before the beginning of the semester in which the internship will take place, the student must submit: 1) a description of the internship weekly duties including activities and/or responsibilities; 2) learning objectives and goals; 3) why this experience should be part of the Cultural Heritage Management degree; and 4) a signed letter of commitment from the internship supervisor. Students must have completed a minimum of two courses in the program before registering for this internship.

  • Online Courses (Cross-Listed)

    460.611.81 - History & Philosophy of Museums

    $4167

    Laura-Edythe Coleman

    Online 6:00 - 8:45; 5/16 - 8/22

    From cabinets of curiosities to historical monuments and sites of memory, this course surveys museum history from a global perspective to examine how the museum’s function has changed over time. Students create a comprehensive timeline of museum history and philosophy—thinking through and visualizing the way certain concepts and events are related in time and across space. Through case studies and course readings in museum history, theory and methods, students will contextualize the philosophical trends that have impacted organizational structures, outreach, collection strategies, and the museum’s role and relationship to its public.

    Technology Fee: $175.00

    460.621.81 - Evaluation Theory & Techniques for Museums

    $4167

    Karen Wizevich

    Online 6:00 - 8:45; 5/30 - 8/22

    This course covers evaluation theory, methodologies, and practical implementation of evaluation in museums and similar environments. The class explores the three main stages of evaluation and what can be achieved at each stage. Exhibition and program evaluation will be covered. Students work independently and in small groups to develop an evaluation plan, clear evaluation questions, an interview tool and an observation tool. Students will compare evaluation methods, and learn how to ask the “right” questions. Emphasis is given on thinking about how to evaluate the holistic museum experience – what is working and what is not: educationally, physically, and socially.

    Technology Fee: $175.00

    460.638.81 - Preservation of Analog and Digital Photographs

    $4167

    Millard Schisler

    Online 6:00 - 8:45; 5/16 - 8/22

    This course will explore the main principles in caring for analog and digital photographic collections. It has been designed as a broad approach to the subject, but with enough depth to give the student an approach to the care for photographic collections with both historical and natively born digital photographs. This course will provide this insight from looking at the materials that photographs are composed of, understanding the materials and environment that they are housed in, and the technologies and workflows needed to care for analog and natively born digital photographs for long-term preservation. Students will be required to build and present a case study and a final project discussing a topic related to the course.

    Technology Fee: $175.00

    460.666.81 - Collection Management

    $4167

    Carlos Hernandez

    Online 6:00 - 8:45; 5/16 - 8/22

    Museums exist to preserve and share their collections with the world. Collection managers, or registrars, are essential to any collecting institution, whether collections are art, history, science, or live specimens. This course focuses on management principles that can be applied broadly to any type of collection. The course covers all aspects of collections care from the acquisition of objects, evaluation, care and storage, through loans and exhibitions. Safe collections care and handling, using the most current methods, are emphasized so objects may be preserved for future generations. Any student who intends to work at a collecting institution will benefit from mastering the practical knowledge and skills underpinning many phases of museum work, which will be taught in this class.

    Technology Fee: $175.00

    460.670.81 - Digital Preservation

    $4167

    Charles Patch

    Online 6:00 - 8:45; 5/16 - 8/22

    This course introduces students to the current state of digital preservation, preservation challenges, and basic concepts for designing effective digital preservation plans and programs. Topics include the relevance of digital preservation for museums; archival principles that inform preservation practices; standards and policies; considerations in preservation strategies; issues relating to formats, repositories, and processes; and emerging preservation solutions and services. Note: Students who are not enrolled in the Digital Curation Certificate program are encouraged to take 460.666 Collection Management before enrolling in this course.

    Technology Fee: $175.00 Note: Students who are not enrolled in the Digital Curation Certificate program are encouraged to take Collection Management (460.666) before enrolling in this course.

    460.691.81 - Innovation and the Modern Museum

    $4167

    Arthur Molella

    Online 6:00 - 8:45; 5/30 - 8/22

    This course explores how museums today are searching for new ways to incorporate creativity and innovation in their missions, practices, displays, and programs. Like other educational and cultural institutions, they are seeking to nurture their own cultures of innovation and to play a greater role in “creative place-making” in towns and cities everywhere. This effort is not limited to the “Maker Faires” and exhibits about invention at science and technology centers/museums. It is also seen, for example, in art and design museum displays about artistic creativity, including digital art and videogame graphics; in exhibits about technological, social, and cultural invention in museums of history and anthropology; in novel approaches at children’s museums. Impossible to ignore is the spirit of innovation expressed in modern museum architecture. The course also looks to the future of museum innovation, in such areas as curation, education, and public outreach. It explores how cutting-edge digital technologies, including 3-D imaging and replication, and how ‘virtual museums’ will transform the interpretation and presentation of artifact collections, both within and far beyond museum walls. In weekly discussion forums and special projects, including the development of their own “innovation plans,” students will be encouraged to draw upon their own powers of creativity and innovation.

    Technology Fee: $175.00

    460.695.81 - Museums of the Americas: Facing Challenges in the 21st Century

    $4167

    Deborah Ziska

    Online 6:00 - 8:45; 5/30 - 8/22

    Inspired by the diverse peoples, cultures, and ecosystems of the Americas, students will explore issues of and museum responses to socioeconomic disparity, climate change and environmental degradation, and cultural heritage preservation. Video and audio interviews with museum and cultural heritage leaders in Colombia, Guatemala, and the United States; live presentations by experts on hemispheric climate change and oceanic marine life; plus a variety of multimedia presentations and assignments, will spotlight innovation, affinities, community engagement, and sustainable practices of museums throughout the Americas in meeting challenges of the 21st century. Students will have the opportunity to analyze and share how museums where they live are responding to similar issues.

    Technology Fee: $175.00