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

    465.734.81 - Heritage Tourism

    Hannah Rogers

    Online 5/29 - 8/21

    This course explores the practice and theory of heritage tourism and the history of its developments and impacts. Through the lens of sustainable economic development, it will examine the benefits and challenges of tourism and site management in both rural and urban contexts. We will look closely at the relationship between culture, heritage, and tourism by examining a range of topics including the use of natural and cultural heritage resources for tourism development, understanding tourism development and tourist motivations, impacts of heritage tourism, international examples of heritage tourism and the importance of sustainability.

    Technology fee: $200.00

    465.736.81 - NAGPRA: Repatriation as Compliance or Ethical Practice

    April Beisaw

    Online 5/29 - 8/21

    In the United States, the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) outlines a process by which government agencies (and those who receive government funding) must return human remains and sacred objects to those who claim them. Repatriation is a complicated process because it means something different in almost every case. One of its earliest claims took 20-years to resolve. In 2017, the Ancient One was returned to the tribes of the Columbia River for reburial after DNA tests proved the relationship that tribes had claimed all along. But now reproductions of the Ancient One’s skull are being sold by a company that holds the copyright. When those from outside the culture to which he was returned can examine and/or profit from a replica, the distinction between compliance with the law and the ethics of return is clear. Outside of the United States, few repatriation laws exist and many argue that institutions like The British Museum are the best places to protect world heritage. Is providing care of and access to human remains and cultural objects preferable over returning heritage to those from which it was taken? In this course, we examine repatriation claims around the globe in order to critique NAGPRA and establish a compliance toolkit. Where NAGPRA doesn’t apply, heritage professionals can use the successes and failures of past repatriations, and a firm grounding in ethics, to make repatriation decisions. Nothing in NAGPRA prohibits practitioners from exceeding its scope and seeking out opportunities to build relationships with descendent communities even when repatriation is not required by law.

    Technology fee: $200.00

  • Off-Site or International

    465.708.91 - Two-Week Onsite Cultural Heritage Management Seminar

    Alan Morrison

    MTWThF 9:00 - 5:00; 5/29 - 8/21

    A two-week intensive period of on-ground heritage management study in a location organized by the MA in Cultural Heritage Management program. The seminar includes practicum opportunities related to site management, heritage tourism, and conservation, alongside classroom sessions that integrate daily experiences. Using the rich diversity of the designated location, the seminar provides students with the chance to use what they have learned in their prior courses, develop networks with fellow students and heritage experts, and explore the latest in cultural heritage practice. Students work on directed activities during the two-week period, coupled with multiple site visits focused on the academic work being accomplished. In order to register for this course, students must have completed a minimum of two courses in the program, although four or more courses are recommended. Students are strongly encouraged to take 465.702, 465.704 and 465.707. Some seminars may have other specific requirements. Individual course descriptions will be posted for each location. An individual course description will be posted for each location. Waiver option: Students who are unable to travel to a seminar location 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 (465.780) to fulfill the on-site component of the degree requirement.

    Field Trip/ Seminar Fees: $775 London, UK- Two Week Onsite Seminar- July 8- July 19, 2019 The cost of the onsite seminar course is the normal tuition rate for one class in Cultural Heritage Management Program which for FY20 is $4163 per class. There is an additional $775 seminar field trip fee for the London seminar. The Fee is not refundable after March 29, 2019. Registration: Students will register for this course (AS.465.708.91) in SIS ( This course needs 18 students to run. The maximum course enrollment with be 20 students. Registration will run: Feb. 25, 2019 at 10:00 am - March 29, 2019 at 11:59 pm.

    465.780.91 - Internship

    Judith Landau

    Sunday 12:00 - 12:00; 5/29 - 8/21

    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.

    Students must have complete 2 courses in the program in order to enroll in the internship

  • Online Courses (Cross-Listed)

    460.611.81 - History & Philosophy of Museums

    Porchia Moore

    Online 6:00 - 8:45; 5/15 - 8/21

    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: $200.00

    460.666.81 - Collection Management

    Carlos Hernandez

    Online 6:00 - 8:45; 5/15 - 8/21

    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: $200.00

    460.670.81 - Digital Preservation

    Charles Patch

    Online 6:00 - 8:45; 5/15 - 8/21

    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.

    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: $200.00

    460.687.81 - Provenance Research: Connecting Histories

    Jacquelyn Clements
    Judith Barr

    Online 6:00 - 8:45; 5/15 - 8/21

    Every object has a story and a history, and the study of objects and their contexts form the basis for provenance research. This course will expose students to the historical context of collecting around the world and will explore the various roles that provenance research plays in museums today, including within the realms of collections management, acquisitions, visitor engagement, publications, legal issues, and more. We will consider not only what provenance research is, but how it can be used as a valuable method for understanding the biography of an object, including its provenience, acquisition, and movement through time and space through a series of events and transactions. By focusing on specific areas of various fields of study, we will examine the overlapping but often distinct ways that provenance research can be utilized and what it can reveal. Through hands-on activities and representative case studies, students will undertake their own provenance research in order to understand the process and methodologies of a discipline that often encompasses many facets of inquiry and avenues of investigation.

    Technology fee: $200.00

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

    Deborah Ziska

    Online 6:00 - 8:45; 5/29 - 8/21

    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: $200.00