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.)

State-specific Information for Online Programs

Note: Students should be aware of additional state-specific information for online programs. For more information, please contact an admissions representative.

  • Online Courses

    460.601.81 - Exploring Museum Professions

    $4085

    Phillip Bahar

    Online 5/10 - 8/15

    Managing a 21st-century museum relies upon the coordinated efforts of a wide range of specially skilled staff from directors, curators, and educators to collection managers, conservators, and exhibition designers to event planners, press officers, fundraisers, and administrators to media, IT, membership, security, and facilities management teams. These professionals working behind-the-scenes or out front with the public define the quality of the institution and each visitor's experience. Through readings and interviews with leaders in the field, this course examines the core functions of a museum and explores how the roles and responsibilities of museum professionals assure an organization's daily operation, growth and sustainability. Current issues facing museums, including diversity in the workforce, financial challenges, and the effects of technology will also be addressed. In addition, students will engage in activities to help strategize their own museum career. Note: This course may be taken as an elective, if you have taken 460.602 to meet the requirement.

    Technology Fees: $175.00

    460.602.81 - Museums in the Digital Age

    $4085

    Phyllis Hecht

    Online 5/10 - 8/15

    With the emergence of new media and the ever-expanding use of the Internet, the traditional role and scope of the museum is changing. The museum has a new position in global communication, dissemination of information and cultural understanding. The introduction of technology into the museum is challenging traditional exhibition concepts, introducing new interactions with museum audiences, and affecting the museum’s core operations. This course introduces students to the museum field and explores the impact of media and technology on the museum, including an overview of the historical role of the museum in society and an examination of the current uses and effects of digitization, the Internet, and wireless technologies in these institutions, as well as basic concepts underlying the planning of a technology project for a museum. Note: This course may be taken as an elective, if you have taken 460.601 to meet the requirement.

    Technology Fees: $175.00

    460.604.81 - Introduction to Museum Education

    $4085

    Deborah Howes

    Online 5/10 - 8/15

    This course introduces students to the educational role of the museum. What benefits and services does museum education provide in a pluralistic society? What do educators do within the museum organization? We begin by tracing the history of education in museums. We review theories about how people learn, what constitutes good teaching practice in the museum, and the unique role that objects play in an informal learning environment. We look at the different kinds of audiences for education programs, how to develop museum experiences including effective education programs and services, how evaluation works in gathering feedback and assessing outcomes in a museum setting, and the role of educators in inter- and intra-museum collaborative projects such as the development of exhibition interpretation, marketing for educational programs, audience building and interpretive planning. This course also considers the role and integration of digital technologies in the provision of educational services, products and programs. As a culminating project, students research and develop a conference proposal based on an education-related topic of their choice.

    Technology Fees: $175.00

    460.604.82 - Introduction to Museum Education

    $4085

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    Online 5/10 - 8/15

    This course introduces students to the educational role of the museum. What benefits and services does museum education provide in a pluralistic society? What do educators do within the museum organization? We begin by tracing the history of education in museums. We review theories about how people learn, what constitutes good teaching practice in the museum, and the unique role that objects play in an informal learning environment. We look at the different kinds of audiences for education programs, how to develop museum experiences including effective education programs and services, how evaluation works in gathering feedback and assessing outcomes in a museum setting, and the role of educators in inter- and intra-museum collaborative projects such as the development of exhibition interpretation, marketing for educational programs, audience building and interpretive planning. This course also considers the role and integration of digital technologies in the provision of educational services, products and programs. As a culminating project, students research and develop a conference proposal based on an education-related topic of their choice.

    Technology Fees: $175.00

    460.606.81 - Exhibition Strategies

    $4085

    Gail Ringel

    Online 5/10 - 8/15

    This course introduces the diverse strategies and approaches used in exhibition planning, development and implementation. It asks students to think critically about exhibitions and the interface between objects, concept and experience. The course focuses on visitor-centered interpretive design and is applicable to a wide range of institutions. Students spend much of the semester working together in small teams, collaboratively producing a comprehensive exhibition project as they walk through the practical steps in exhibition development and design. Note: Because of the high level of online group work, this course is not recommended for first semester students.

    Technology Fees: $175.00 Note: Because of the high level of online group work, this course is not recommended for first semester students.

    460.608.81 - The Business of Museums

    $4085

    Robert Beatty

    Online 5/10 - 8/15

    Museums are stewards of cultural heritage and intellectual property, vortices of knowledge, and arbiters of taste. They are community icons, places of respite, and public education adjuncts. Museums don’t necessarily deal in products for profit, yet they compete in an entertainment ecology. They must cultivate members, donors, government funds and corporate contributions, and rely on programs, gifts, grants, sponsorships, retail operations, and planned giving to survive. They must advocate for themselves in the legislative arena, while constricted by their nonprofit status. Students will become conversant in the fundamentals of museum business including mission, nonprofit status, transparency, governance, programming, management, finance, fundraising, facilities, legal and ethics issues, the impact of technologies, and everchanging audiences. They will achieve this through readings, thought-provoking essays, engaging discussions, museum news analysis, recorded public talks, and live online discussions with leading museum professionals.

    Technology Fees: $175.00

    460.608.82 - The Business of Museums

    $4085

    Leonard Steinbach

    Online 5/10 - 8/15

    Museums are stewards of cultural heritage and intellectual property, vortices of knowledge, and arbiters of taste. They are community icons, places of respite, and public education adjuncts. Museums don’t necessarily deal in products for profit, yet they compete in an entertainment ecology. They must cultivate members, donors, government funds and corporate contributions, and rely on programs, gifts, grants, sponsorships, retail operations, and planned giving to survive. They must advocate for themselves in the legislative arena, while constricted by their nonprofit status. Students will become conversant in the fundamentals of museum business including mission, nonprofit status, transparency, governance, programming, management, finance, fundraising, facilities, legal and ethics issues, the impact of technologies, and everchanging audiences. They will achieve this through readings, thought-provoking essays, engaging discussions, museum news analysis, recorded public talks, and live online discussions with leading museum professionals.

    Technology Fees: $175.00

    460.611.81 - History & Philosophy of Museums

    $4085

    Karen Wizevich

    Online 5/10 - 8/15

    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 Fees: $175.00 Beginning Summer 2017, this course is now a core course in the curriculum

    460.636.81 - Living Collections

    $4085

    Sarah Chicone

    Online 5/10 - 8/15

    Zoos, aquaria, botanical gardens, and nature preserves, like many other museums, are collection-based institutions. This course explores the unique character of these institutions in their core functional areas including the special considerations and challenges of caring for, interpreting, and exhibiting living collections. Developed by three museum professionals with specialties in terrestrial, aquatic, and botanic institutions-course topics are explored through the lenses unique to plants, animals, and marine life. In addition to understanding the core functional areas of these museums students will analyze the complex social role of cultural institutions which are devoted to the living world.

    Technology Fees: $175.00

    460.637.81 - Curating Online Exhibitions and Experiences

    $4085

    Nikolaos Apostolides

    Online 5/10 - 8/15

    Today, every museum must have an effective online presence. Increasingly, museum professionals from multiple disciplines – curatorial, collections management, new media, publications, external affairs, etc. – need to collaborate to create online exhibitions and experiences. It is essential that museum professionals have a solid grounding in the theory of online curation, as well as the practical skills to plan, design, and implement online exhibitions and experiences that capture the imagination of online museum visitors. Students will discuss questions such as: What are the unique challenges of curating online? How are the aesthetics of online spaces similar and/or different from traditional bricks and mortar museum galleries and exhibit spaces? What strategies and methodologies can the curator and other museum professionals apply to successfully educate, inform, and engage online exhibition visitors? What are the trends in curating online museum exhibitions, and where does the future lie in this exciting new area of the museum field? Course readings, assignments and discussions will culminate in a research paper on current trends in online curation in museums.

    Technology Fees: $175.00

    460.640.81 - Educational Programming for Museum Audiences

    $4085

    Jessica Baldenhofer

    Online 5/10 - 8/15

    Educational programming for today's museums requires more skills than ever before, from defining mission-driven educational goals to conducting summative evaluation, from understanding learning theory and characteristics of a myriad of museum audiences, to designing and implementing technology solutions. Students in this course will learn the steps needed to design sound educational programming in museums, including developmentally appropriate learning theory and strategies for audiences such as children, families, adults, teachers, and students. Prerequisite: Introduction to Museum Education (460.604)

    Technology Fees: $175.00 Prerequisite: Introduction to Museum Education (460.604)

    460.641.81 - Digital Media in the Museum

    $4085

    Elizabeth Levy

    Online 5/10 - 8/15

    Digital media is a crucial part of a museum’s visitor engagement strategy and it plays an integral role in such areas as informational programming, marketing, wayfinding, and interpretation. Students in this course will examine the impact of a wide range of technologies including mobile guides, multi-touch tables, augmented reality games, and immersive theater environments, on both museum professionals and visitors. Through readings, interviews with multimedia professionals, hands-on experience, and papers, students will learn the practical applications of digital technology while developing the critical skills necessary to evaluate both the use of technology and the best way to integrate it into the museum environment. This course provides students with the basic skills to plan, manage, and assess the production of successful in-museum digital media projects. Students will have the opportunity to produce their own project plan for a real or imagined production. Prerequisite: Museums in the Digital Age (460.602)

    Technology Fees: $175.00 Prerequisite: Museums in the Digital Age (460.602)

    460.655.81 - Expanding Roles of Museum Marketing and Communications

    $4085

    Deborah Ziska

    Online 5/10 - 8/15

    Through guest presenters and a variety of media and platforms—including video, Voice Thread, PowerPoint, social media, and various Blackboard tools —for presentations and participation, and drawing from current and worldwide practices and examples, students will learn about what makes an idea go viral; internal and external audits; audience analysis; owned, earned, paid, and converged media; how to develop and evaluate a marketing strategy; brand identity; cultural tourism and collaborations; crisis communications and core values; stakeholder relations; and a new paradigm for museum marketing and communications operations. Starting in the first class, each student will select a museum and a target audience for which they will develop a marketing strategy that will be their final project.

    Technology Fees: $175.00

    460.657.81 - Fundamentals of Museum Fundraising

    $4085

    Rosalia Crosby

    Online 5/10 - 8/15

    Through a combination of current and historical readings, case studies, discussions, and written assignments based on “real-life” scenarios, this course will cover general fundraising strategies and ethics, ePhilanthropy, prospect research, grant writing, annual and capital campaigns, corporate giving and cause marketing, special events and stewardship.

    Technology Fees: $175.00

    460.666.81 - Collection Management

    $4085

    Carlos Hernandez

    Online 5/10 - 8/15

    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 Fees: $175.00

    460.666.82 - Collection Management

    $4085

    Joan Bacharach

    Online 5/10 - 8/15

    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 Fees: $175.00

    460.667.81 - Collection Management Systems

    $4085

    Kate Collen

    Online 5/10 - 8/15

    Collections Management Systems, the workhorses of museum information technology, provide staff members and the public alike with access to collections information for a myriad of purposes. In this course, we will look at how these systems have evolved from their traditional role as registration tools to rich repositories of collection information, with the potential to interface with other types of systems, both inside and beyond the museum walls. This course introduces widely used museum Collections Management Systems in a series of developer-led presentations, providing students with the opportunity to evaluate how collections management transactions are performed using various software. Students will learn the basic features of Collections Information Policies and how to apply museum standards to analyze these policies. Data migration planning – from paper to electronic, and electronic to electronic --will be discussed, as well as emerging technologies used in conjunction with traditional Collections Management Systems. This is a must-have course for students with the goal of becoming a registrar, collections manager, or digital curator. Note: Students are strongly encouraged to take Collection Management (460.666) before enrolling in this course.

    Technology Fees: $175.00 Note: Students are strongly encouraged to take Collection Management (460.666) before enrolling in this course

    460.670.81 - Digital Preservation

    $4085

    Charles Patch

    Online 5/10 - 8/15

    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 Collection Management (460.666) before enrolling in this course.

    Technology Fees: $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.

    460.674.81 - Digital Curation Research Paper

    $4085

    Joyce Ray

    Online 5/10 - 8/15

    The supervised research course enables students to investigate a significant problem or issue in digital curation and to develop and demonstrate critical thinking and communication skills. Ideally, the research paper will build on the student’s internship experience. The research paper is expected to result in a publishable or presentable paper that makes a contribution to the literature and field of digital curation. As there is currently a significant need for research in digital curation and relatively little published literature-especially relating to museums-student research in this program can make a major contribution, and graduates will be prepared for careers as leaders in the field. Coursework, assignments, and meetings with a faculty member will take place in an online course environment. The research paper is normally completed as the final requirement in the certificate program.

    Technology Fees: $175.00 Note: The research paper is normally completed as the final requirement in the digital curation certificate program.

    460.682.81 - Museum Procurement and Contracting

    $4085

    Bruce Falk

    Online 5/10 - 8/15

    Through case studies and case law, sample materials from a variety of museum projects and a smattering of underpinning statutes and regulations, students will learn the hows and whys of museum outsourcing practice. While conducting market research, drafting a scope of work, evaluating creatives and pricing approaches, and confronting ethical constraints, students will derive a practical road map for leveraging the marketplace to address museum needs. Students will learn best practices and acquire a deeper understanding of the contractual, legal, technical, and creative issues that museums typically face when working with vendors. Most importantly, students will acquire the tools necessary to help them navigate and set the expectations of their museum clients to assure successful collaboration between internal teams and external contractors.

    Technology Fees: $175.00

    460.686.81 - Culturally Specific Museums

    $4085

    Redell Hearn

    Online 5/10 - 8/15

    Museums provide spaces for comprehensive cultural inquiry. Culturally specific museums provide strategic platforms for showcasing diverse sets of art, history and culture to a broad set of visitors. This course examines the significance of culturally specific museums, both individually and in relation to mainstream museums, to better understand how public culture engages issues of art, history, aesthetics, religion, ethnicity, and politics. Through the combination of contemporary reading material, live discussions and guest speakers, students will discuss some of the ways in which culturally specific museums help make up the fabric of culture represented in museums in the United States of America.

    Technology Fees: $175.00

    460.691.81 - Innovation and the Modern Museum

    $4085

    Arthur Molella

    Online 5/10 - 8/15

    The past decade has seen a huge rethinking of what museums do, their purposes, even what they are. This course explores how museums today are searching for new ways to incorporate creativity and innovation in their missions, practices, and displays. 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 the like at science and technology centers/museums. It is also applied, 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. 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. Students will be encouraged to draw upon their own powers of creativity and innovation. As a term project, they will develop their own “Innovation Plans.”

    Technology Fees: $175.00

  • Off-Site or International

    460.610.91 - Two-Week Onsite Seminar

    $4085

    Monika Hagedorn-Saupe

    Monday 9:00 - 5:00; 5/10 - 7/4
    Tuesday 9:00 - 5:00; 5/10 - 7/4
    Wednesday 9:00 - 5:00; 5/10 - 7/4
    Thursday 9:00 - 5:00; 5/10 - 7/4
    Friday 9:00 - 5:00; 5/10 - 7/4

    A two-week intensive period of on-ground museum study in Washington, DC, or in another location organized by the Museum Studies program is a required component of the degree. The seminar includes practicum opportunities in a variety of museum settings; conversations with local museum professionals; observation of and interaction with museum visitors; and class sessions to integrate the daily experiences. Using the rich diversity of museums in the Washington area or an equally suitable site, this course provides students with the chance to use what they have learned in their prior courses, develop networks with fellow students and museum experts, and explore the latest in museum practice, including exhibition design and development, public programming, collections management, conservation, and uses of technology in the museum. Students work in teams on directed activities during the two-week period. Note: Students must have completed a minimum of two courses in the program, one of which must be 460.601 or 460.602, to register for this class. Some seminars may have other specific requirements. Students are responsible for travel to and from the location, accommodations and meals, as well as any specified field trip fees. Waiver option: Students who are unable to travel to Washington, DC, or to other seminar locations, due to accommodation needs, financial hardship, or family challenges, may apply to the program director for an exemption to the two-week seminar. If a waiver is granted, the student must enroll in the internship option (460.750) to fulfill the onsite component of the degree requirement

    Berlin, Germany: 2-week Onsite Seminar; June 26 - Friday, July 7, 2017 $500 fee in addition to tuition; 12 students must be enrolled to run this course; students must have completed two courses to enroll in this course. Registration: Feb. 13-March 13, 2017

    460.610.92 - Two-Week Onsite Seminar

    $4085

    Victoria Prizzia

    Monday 9:00 - 4:00; 7/3 - 8/14
    Tuesday 9:00 - 4:00; 7/4 - 8/15
    Wednesday 9:00 - 4:00; 6/28 - 8/9
    Thursday 9:00 - 4:00; 6/29 - 8/10
    Friday 9:00 - 4:00; 6/30 - 8/11

    A two-week intensive period of on-ground museum study in Washington, DC, or in another location organized by the Museum Studies program is a required component of the degree. The seminar includes practicum opportunities in a variety of museum settings; conversations with local museum professionals; observation of and interaction with museum visitors; and class sessions to integrate the daily experiences. Using the rich diversity of museums in the Washington area or an equally suitable site, this course provides students with the chance to use what they have learned in their prior courses, develop networks with fellow students and museum experts, and explore the latest in museum practice, including exhibition design and development, public programming, collections management, conservation, and uses of technology in the museum. Students work in teams on directed activities during the two-week period. Note: Students must have completed a minimum of two courses in the program, one of which must be 460.601 or 460.602, to register for this class. Some seminars may have other specific requirements. Students are responsible for travel to and from the location, accommodations and meals, as well as any specified field trip fees. Waiver option: Students who are unable to travel to Washington, DC, or to other seminar locations, due to accommodation needs, financial hardship, or family challenges, may apply to the program director for an exemption to the two-week seminar. If a waiver is granted, the student must enroll in the internship option (460.750) to fulfill the onsite component of the degree requirement

    Philadelphia: July 31-August 11, 2017; $350 fee in addition to tuition; 14 students must be enrolled to run this course; students must have completed two courses to enroll in this course. Registration: March 20-April 20

    460.673.91 - Digital Curation Certificate Internship

    $4085

    Joyce Ray

    Sunday 12:00 - 12:01; 5/11 - 8/15

    The internship, including at least 120 hours of field experience, affords students the opportunity to gain hands-on experience working with experts who are leading digital curation activities in museums and related cultural heritage organizations in the U.S. and abroad. The internship is a partnership between the university and the host institution and is customized to meet each student’s needs and career goals. The program will assist students in arranging appropriate internships. Student interns will produce evidence of their accomplishments through work products, project reports, or other documentation in an online course component and will participate in online discussion forums with other students enrolled in digital curation internships during the same semester. The internship is usually taken after completing at least two of the following core courses: Digital Preservation (460.670), Foundations of Digital Curation (460.671), or Managing Digital Information in Museums (460.672). Note: Students should discuss internship plans with the program coordinator at least one semester before enrolling in the course.

    Note: The internship is usually taken after completing at least two of the following core courses: Digital Preservation (460.670), Foundations of Digital Curation (460.671), or Managing Digital Information in Museums (460.672). Students should discuss internship plans with the program coordinator at least one semester before enrolling in the course.

    460.750.91 - Museum Internship

    $4085

    Judith Landau

    Sunday 12:00 - 12:00; 5/10 - 8/15

    An internship at a student’s local museum, 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 onsite 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 Museum Studies 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.

    Note: Students must have completed a minimum of two courses in the program before registering for this internship.