College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Museum Studies students

Certificate in Museum Studies


The Museum Studies Certificate exposes students to the array of occupations in the museum industry and provides them opportunity to add an experiential component to their academic education. The certificate is available to upper division undergraduate and graduate students who have completed the introductory course, seminar, internship, and methods and elective courses in their field of study.



The Museum Studies Certificate complements the existing frameworks of department majors. Students will take two or three (depending on variable major requirements) classes (including HIST 4020/5020 (960:125g)/ANTH 3440/5440 (990:125g) Introduction to Museum Studies  and ARTHIST 4003/5003/HIST 4003/5003 Collections Care and Management hosted by UNI Gallery of Art and UNI Museum), as well as an internship with a community partner. These internships and electives for the Museum Studies Certificate may be counted towards their major electives and/or university electives. For example, Textile and Apparel requires internships as part of the major; the internship requirements of the MSC will complement that major requirement. HIST 4020/5020 (960:125g)/ANTH 3440/5440 (990:125g) Introduction to Museum Studies  and ARTHIST 4003/5003/HIST 4003/5003 Collections Care and Management with UNI Gallery of Art and UNI Museum will be available every year.

The introductory course is taught by faculty in the History department, the seminar in collections care and management is conducted through the Art department by UNI Gallery of Art in conjunction with UNI Museum. Department faculty liaisons in students’ major departments define the methods and elective curricula and oversee their students’ museum internship.

  • HIST 4020/5020 (960:125g) Introduction to Museum Studies (3 hours) 
  • HIST 4003/5003 Collections Care and Management (3 hours)
  • Major Department - External Museums Internship (see internship options below) (3-4 hours)
  • Major Department - Methods (see methods options below) (3-4 hours)
  • Major Department - Electives (see elective options below) (3-4 hours)

Total Hours 15-18

Internship Options:

Internships are specific to each department and are conducted at an institution that identifies as a museum.​

  • ANTH 4485 Anthropology Internship (3 hours)
  • ART 3179 Cooperative Internship (3 hours)
  • ART 4186/5186 Studies in:                       (3 hours)
  • BIOL 3179 (840:179) Cooperative Education (3 hours)
  • EARTHSCI 3179 Cooperative Internship (3 hours)
  • HIST 3179 Cooperative Internship (3 hours)
  • HIST 4030/5030 (960:132g) Internship in Historical Studies (3 hours)
  • HIST 4186/5186 Studies in:                     (3 hours)
  • TEXDSGN 4195 (31T:195) Internship in Textile and Apparel (4 hours)
  • LYHS 4510 Internship in Leisure, Youth, and Human Services (3-4 hours)


Methods Options:



Elective Options: