Museum studies at Connecticut College is a broad interdisciplinary program, open to undergraduate students of all majors, that explores the role of museums in shaping society's knowledge about art, culture, history, and the natural world.
The program is designed to introduce you to careers in all types of museums, cultural arts centers, historical sites and houses, science centers, environmental education centers, exhibit design firms, auction houses, planetaria, aquaria, zoos and botanical gardens.
The museum studies certificate program offers you:
An introduction to the foundations of museology with a critical perspective on museum history and practice
An opportunity to visit and analyze a diverse range of museums and exhibitions
Study of community/museum relationships through on-site observations and interaction with museum professionals
Training in museum skills and operation, including curation, exhibition design and implementation, collection management, conservation, administration, publication, fundraising, and educational programming
Learn more about Connections, Connecticut College's innovative new curriculum.
People You Might Work With
Karen Gonzalez Rice
Associate Professor of Art History
Karen Gonzalez Rice's approach to teaching and research is multidisciplinary, drawing on methodologies of contemporary art history, religious studies, American studies and trauma studies. Her courses include Late 20th-Century Art, Seeing: Mona Lisa to Instagram, and upper-level courses such as Pop Art & Critical Visual Culture, and Radical Bodies: Contemporary Art & Action.
Christopher B. Steiner
Lucy C. McDannel '22 Professor of Art History and Anthropology, Director of the Museum Studies Program, Acting Chair of Art History (Fall 2022)
Christopher Steiner teaches a range of interdisciplinary courses in art history, anthropology, and museum studies. His classes cover topics on the traditional and contemporary arts of Africa; on the visual representation of race and ethnic identity in art and film; on the history of museums, as well as on current museum controversies; on kitsch or "bad" art emerging from the margins, cracks and corners of the canonical art world; and on the history and practice of studio and vernacular photography.
People You Might Work With
Karen Gonzalez Rice, Associate Professor of Art History
B.A., M.A., University of Texas at Austin; Ph.D., Duke University
Contemporary art (1945-present); Experimental art; Performance studies
Christopher B. Steiner, Lucy C. McDannel '22 Professor of Art History and Anthropology
B.A., M.A., Johns Hopkins University; M.A., Ph.D., Harvard University
African art and material culture; Art market and collecting; Images of race and "otherness" in visual culture
About Connecticut College
Connecticut College educates students to put the liberal arts into action as citizens in a global society. A leader in the liberal arts since 1911, the College is home to nationally ranked programs for internships, community action, arts and technology, environmental studies and international studies. Our beautiful 750-acre arboretum campus is located in the historic New England seaport community of New London.
CONNECTIONS is Connecticut College's reinvention of liberal arts education. It is a new kind of curriculum that lets you integrate your interests into a meaningful educational pathway, to carry you through college and into a fulfilling, effective career and life.
For more information, visit www.conncoll.edu/academics
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