Requirements for this program are current for
Required credits to graduate with this
Potential training sites to include several museums in Duluth, as well as Superior, WI, Virginia, Eveleth, Hibbing, Grand Rapids, Ely, Tower, the North Shore area, Pine City as well as institutions in Ireland and England are being developed as potential internship sites.
The museum studies certificate unites history, theory, and practical learning in a curriculum that prepares participants for professional or volunteer careers in administration, collections, and specialty disciplines within museums, archives, tribal collections, zoos, aquariums, parks, and botanical gardens.
This program is available:
via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Please see the following UMD site for details on how to apply for this certificate:
The Board of Regents, on recommendation of the faculty, grants degrees from the
of Minnesota. Requirements for an undergraduate degree from University of Minnesota Duluth include the
Students must meet all course and credit requirements of the departments and
colleges or schools in which they are enrolled including an advanced writing course. Students
seeking two degrees must fulfill the requirements of both degrees. However, two degrees cannot be
awarded for the same major.
Students must complete a minimum of 120 semester credits.
At least 30 semester credits must be earned through UMD, and 15 of the last
30 degree credits earned immediately before graduation must be awarded by UMD.
Students must complete at least half of their courses at the 3xxx-level and
higher at UMD. Study-abroad credits earned through courses taught by UM faculty and at institutions
with which UMD has international exchange programs may be used to fulfill this requirement.
If a minor is required, students must take at least three upper division
credits in their minor field from UMD.
For certificate programs, at least 3 upper-division credits that satisfy
requirements for the certificate must be taken through UMD. If the program does not require upper
division credits students must take at least one course from the certificate program from UMD.
The minimum cumulative UM GPA required for graduation will be 2.00 and will
include only University of Minnesota coursework. A minimum UM GPA of 2.00 is required in each UMD
undergraduate major and minor. No academic unit may impose higher grade point standards to graduate.
Diploma, transcripts, and certification will be withheld until all financial
obligations to the University have been met.
Required Courses (16 cr)
Students must take HIST 3097 for a minimum of 3 credits.
Students will be introduced to the history of museums and the field of museum studies. Issues of theory and practice will be examined as they relate to development, care, and use of museum and systematic collections; museum education; museum administration, exhibition development; research; and evaluation.
Particular attention will be given to issues of diversity and multiculturalism; relationship of museums to changing populations and disciplinary trends legal and ethical implications of development and use of collections; and examination of diverse types of collection.
MST 1200 - Introduction to Public History
A-F or Aud
This course is designed to introduce students to the theory, methods, and practice of history outside the classroom. In this course, we will investigate the challenges of historical work in historic sites, museums, archives, mass media, cultural resource management, historic preservation, and other public history settings.
MST 3100 - Introduction to Museum Education
A-F or Aud
This course examines the progression of learning theories that have shaped the development of museum programs and exhibits over the years. To understand the wide variety of ways visitors can learn in museums we also explore how museum education has evolved since the origin of public museums over two hundred years ago. Accessibility, learning styles, and the social responsibility of museums are among the topics included.
prereq: MST 1100
BUS 2400 - Fundamentals of Organizational Management
A-F or Aud
This course presents students with a broad introduction to management processes and the complex world of managing in today's business environment. Topics include what managers do and skills they must possess to achieve organizational objectives, the management functions of planning, organizing, leading, and controlling and organizational dynamics such as globalization, social responsibility, and change.
prereq: CUE major or BTAG or Business Administration Certificate or Museum Studies Certificate or pre-Civil Engineering or Civil Engineering major or Resilient Precase Concrete Engineering Certificate student or college consent; this course cannot be used to fulfill a LSBE major/minor requirement.
BUS 2700 - Fundamentals of Marketing
A-F or Aud
This course introduces students to the discipline of marketing as it is practices by organizations. Emphasis is on understanding how to best serve the consumer needs utilizing the most appropriate value proposition. The four P's of marketing (product, place, price, and promotion) are introduced in the context of a globally competitive environment.
prereq: CUE major or BTAG or Business Administration Certificate or Museum Studies Certificate or college consent; this course cannot be used to fulfill a LSBE major/minor requirement.
HIST 3097 - Internship in History
A-F or Aud
Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Supervised opportunity to pursue local or regional history under auspices of local museums, historical societies, commemorative commissions. Written and oral presentation of completed project.
prereq: 60 credits, instructor consent