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College of Letters and Science Museum Studies Minor


Museum Studies is a broad field that encompasses curating exhibitions, managing cultural sites, caring for collections, and more. The Museum Studies minor prepares students for careers as museum technicians and curators. As home to the Museum of Natural History, Nelis R. Kampenga University Archives and Area Research Center, and Carlsten Art Gallery, UW-Stevens Point provides students with hands-on experiences that will prepare them for today’s workforce. 

Museum Studies students come from a variety of backgrounds and disciplines. The minor includes courses from 12 different departments ranging from history and biology to business and arts management. Students choose tracks in public history, natural history, or the visual arts, with opportunities to take courses outside of their direct fields. This multidisciplinary approach exposes students to the wide array of potential careers within museums and related institutions. Students from all colleges and majors are welcome to take part in the minor. 

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The culmination of the minor is a practicum where students apply their skills in a museum setting. Students participate in opportunities such as curating an exhibition, managing collections, producing a documentary, or creating educational programming. By working alongside museum professionals, students learn best practices while cultivating their own interests for future careers.

A background in museum studies complements areas such as cultural resources, biology, arts management, history, education, geology, natural resources, business or nonprofit management, grant writing, visual arts, and interior architecture, among many others. Students taking the minor will gain both theoretical knowledge of the current issues facing museums as well as practical skills for working in museum settings.

For more information visit the UWSP course catalog.