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A 150-hour internship at museums like Glensheen, pictured, is part of the new Museum Studies Certificate.

UMD Offering 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.

Rachel Phelps
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.

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Story by Lori C. Melton, September 2015


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