|A 150-hour internship at museums like Glensheen, pictured, is part of the new Museum Studies Certificate.|
UMD is offering a Museum Studies Certificate, a one-year program designed to prepare students for both the theory and the reality of working in public history.
|Museum Studies student Rachel Phelps|
Approved by University of Minnesota Board of Regents in May, the certificate is unique in its practicality. “Degrees in Museum Studies are common but certificate programs often are a better fit for the profession,” says David Woodward, a Museum Studies instructor. “This program will give students traction in the professional world as it meshes with museums’ business modes.”
“It’s completely relevant,” says Rachel Phelps, a Museum Studies student. “You have the theory of it, but when you get down to it, there’s more than writing papers. You need to know how to run a business.”
To get to that point, the program includes two business modules and a 150-hour internship. “What employers are looking for is somebody that has a good command of a discipline and some experience in the institution,” says Woodward. His students currently have internships at the Duluth Art Institute, Glensheen, and The Depot.
The 16-credit program takes one year to complete and is open to non-UMD students.
Story by Lori C. Melton, September 2015
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