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.

Just for
YOU!

The museum studies certificate is geared to any UNI undergraduate who may want to pursue an MA in Museum Studies or work in a museum. It is designed to fit within existing majors in art, humanities, and sciences.

Endless
Opportunities

Museums have a variety of different positions, and it really depends on location and the person’s interest. Positions can range from curator, preparator, registrar, education and outreach, to development and fundraising.
 

Unique
Features

The courses you'll take are completely major specific! The core courses provide a foundation in any museum-related work, while the internship and advanced courses provide for specificity in the student’s major discipline.
 

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Required Coursework

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) - OR - or ​ANTH 3440/5440 (990:125g) Introduction to Museum Studies (3 hours)
  • HIST 4003/5003 - OR - ARTHIST 4003/5003Collections Care and Management (3 hours)
  •  Collections Care and Management

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:
  • ANTH 3431/5431 (990:171g) Interpreting the Archaeological Record (3 hours)
  • ANTH 3450 (990:172) Archaeological Fieldwork (3 hours)
  • ARTHIST 4000/5000 (600:138g) Research Methods and Writing in Art History (3 hours)
  • ART 4300/5300 (600:192g) Seminar: Critical Issues in Contemporary Art (3 hours)
  • BIOL 3106 (840:106) Vertebrate Anatomy (4 hours)
  • BIOL 3112 (840:112) Invertebrate Zoology (4 hours)
  • BIOL 3170 (840:170) Entomology (3 hours)
  • BIOL 4164/5164 (840:164g) Mammalogy (4 hours)
  • BIOL 4166/5166 (840:166g) Plant Systematics (4 hours)
  • EARTHSCI 1100 (870:010) Astronomy (3-4 hours)
  • EARTHSCI 3210/5210 (870:121g) Meteorology (4 hours)
  • EARTHSCI 3328 (870:125) Fossils and Evolution (4 hours)
  • EARTHSCI 3325/5325 (870:136g) Sedimentary Geology(4 hours)
  • HIST 4010/5010 (960:106g) Introduction to Public History (3 hours)
  • LYHS 4552/5552 (430:130g) Theory and Practice of Outdoor Education (3 hours)
  • TEXDSGN 2004 (31T:116) History of Costume (3 hours)
 
Elective Options:
  • ANTH 3501 (990:145) Research Experience in Anthropology (3 hours)
  • ARTHIST 4000/5000 (600:138g)- level: Any Art History 4000-level course (3 hours)
  • BIOL 2051 (840:051) General Biology: Organismal Diversity (4 hours)
  • BIOL 3100 (840:100) Evolution, Ecology and the Nature of Science (3 hours)
  • BIOL 3106 (840:106) Vertebrate Anatomy (4 hours)
  • BIOL 3112 (840:112) Invertebrate Zoology (4 hours)
  • BIOL 3118 Marine Biology (3 hours)
  • BIOL 3120 (840:120) Plant Diversity and Evolution (4 hours)
  • BIOL 3160 (840:160) Field Zoology of Vertebrates (4 hours)
  • BIOL 3170 (840:170) Entomology (3 hours)
  • BIOL 4164/5164 (840:164g) Mammalogy (4 hours)
  • BIOL 4166/5166 (840:166g) Plant Systematics (4 hours)
  • BIOL 4167/5167 (840:167g) Conservation Biology (3 hours)
  • EARTHSCI 3110/5110 (870:154g) Observational Astronomy 2
  • EARTHSCI 3220/5220 (870:122g) Weather Analysis and Forecasting (3 hours)
  • EARTHSCI 3330/5330 (870:141g) Geomorphology (4 hours)
  • EARTHSCI 3340/5340 (870:165g) Oceanography (3 hours)
  • HIST: Any History 4000-level course (3 hours)
  • LYHS 2130 Foundations of the Nonprofit Sector (3 hours)
  • LYHS 3121 (430:121) Philosophical Foundations of Leisure, Youth and Human Services (3 hours)
  • LYHS 4320 Financial Resource Management in Leisure, Youth and Human Services (3 hours)
  • TEXDSGN 1002 (31T:013) Textile Science (3 hours)
  • TEXDSGN 2007 (31T:014) Apparel Design and Evaluation (3 hours)