Courses

The Certificate is a 12 credit program with 3 core classes and 1 elective course which often overlaps with related degree courses. If pursued alongside a Master’s or Doctoral degree, the Certificate is designed to be completed in two years. Students interested in completing the certificate should enroll in the Introductory course in the Spring of their first year and consult with their degree advisers and an MSMC faculty to ensure successful completion.

AMST 655/ANTH 655/HIST 610: Introduction to Museum Scholarship (3 credits, Spring)

The purpose of this class will be to introduce students to museum practice emphasizing research roles and scholarly considerations. Topics will include the history of museums, evolving collections priorities, exhibition strategies (on site and virtual), and will encompass controversies, both public and scholarly. Students will gain an understanding of museums as educational institutions and their standing within the broader cultural milieu. The introductory class will include visits to Washington area museums. Note: the instructors and locations of this course may vary each year.

AMST 856/ANTH 856/HIST 810: Museum Research Seminar (3 credits, Fall)
Prerequisite: Introduction to Museum Scholarship or permission of instructor.

In consultation with seminar leaders students will select research topics that investigate key issues in museum-based scholarship and demonstrate their ability to research and prepare an extended research project. The project will be presented at the completion of the seminar.

Greenbelt Museum Matt JohnsonAMST 857/ANTH 857/HIST 811: Museum Scholarship Practicum (3-6 credits, Spring)
Prerequisite: Museum Research Seminar or permission of instructor.

Students will devise and carry out a research project using collections at the Smithsonian or another approved institution, and will work under joint supervision of a museum staff member and UMCP Certificate Committee member. Students already in the program should arrange the practicum with a museum professional in consultation with their certificate program advisor.

The fourth course for the certificate is a seminar in one of the three supporting colleges —College of Behavioral and Social Sciences, College of Arts and Humanities, and the College of Information Studies – that deals with major scholarly issues in material culture, as approached by the home discipline. This may include the following courses:

ANTH 448P/689P (Theories of the Past); ANTH xxx (Material Culture Studies of Archaeology); AMST 629 (Race, Class, and Material Culture); AMST 650 (Material Culture Studies Theory); AMST 851 (Interpretation of Cultural Landscapes); HISP 600 (History, Theory & Contemporary Issues in Historic Preservation); HISP 635 (Social and Ethnic Issues in Historic Preservation); HISP 655 (Vernacular Architecture); HIST 406 (History of Technology); HIST 407 (Technology and Social Change in History); or appropriate offerings of HIST 609 in history of technology; INST 728-B (Digitization and Legacy Holdings); LBSC 786 (Library and Archives Preservation); INST 643 (Curation in Cultural Institutions).