COURSES IN THE MUSEUM STUDIES PROGRAM


Tusculum’s Museum Studies Program is one of the few undergraduate degree programs of its kind in the nation.

The program provides both academic and hands-on training in preparation for museum work, the broader field of public history, or further graduate studies.

Students work closely with program faculty and the museum professionals at Tusculum’s two campus museums. The Doak House Museum, ca. 1830, was the home of Tusculum founder Rev. Samuel Witherspoon Doak. The President Andrew Johnson Museum and Library, located in the 1841 “Old College” building, houses Tusculum’s original library, which consists of books dating from the fifteenth century.

The curriculum is designed to facilitate graduation in two years for students transferring as juniors. Most courses require participation in field trips and attendance at professional conferences.


MUSEUM STUDIES MAJOR COURSE LIST

The Museum Studies Program provides students with the academic training and hands-on experiences needed to work in the museum field.

Museum Studies Major Hours
ARTS 219 Publication Design 3
HIST 112 Historical Writing and Research 3
HIST 480 History and Contemporary Global Issues 3
MUSE 101 Introduction to Museum Studies 3
MUSE 201 Curatorial and Collection Management 3
MUSE 202 Architecture and Historic Preservation 3
MUSE 205 Introduction to American Material Culture 3
MUSE 308 Development of Exhibits I 3
MUSE 310 Development of Exhibits II 3
MUSE 326 Public History 3
MUSE 340 Interpretation and Museum Education 3
MUSE 354 Archival Collections and Service Learning 3
MUSE 401 Seminar on Non-Profit Management 3
MUSE 402 Museum Internship 3
MUSE 451 Museum Research 3
Plus two of the following:
300 level history course ( may choose two)
3/6
ARTS 111 Basic Design 3
ENGL 233 Writing for Organizations 3
Total Major Hours 51

MUSEUM STUDIES MINOR COURSE LIST

The Museum Studies Minor consists of 18 semester hours of Museum Studies courses.

Museum Studies Minor Hours
MUSE 101 Introduction to Museum Studies 3
MUSE 201 Curatorial and Collection Management 3
MUSE 202 Architecture and Historic Preservation 3
MUSE 205 Introduction to American Material Culture 3
MUSE 308 Development of Exhibits I 3
MUSE 310 Development of Exhibits II 3
MUSE 340 Interpretation and Museum Education 3
Total Minor Hours 18

PUBLIC HISTORY MINOR COURSE LIST

A Minor in Public History may be taken in conjunction with either a major in history or in museum studies. This minor combines rigorous training in the discipline of history with vocationally oriented coursework that prepares students to engage the public in a discussion about the meaning and uses of the past.

Public History Minor Hours
HIST 375 Historiography 3
Other 300-level History Course 3
ARTS 111 Basic Design 3
ARTS 217 Graphic Design I 3
ARTS 317 Graphic Design II 3
MUSE 322 Digital History 3
MUSE 326 Public History 3
Total Minor Hours 21