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Course Offerings

Below is a list of available courses offered by the Museum and Heritage Studies program. Consult the Registrar’s Office and the College Catalog for degree requirements and class registration information.

Course List

MUHS 112 - NATURAL HISTORY COLLECTIONS

An introduction to natural history as a way of understanding the earth’s biotic and abiotic diversity. Special attention will be paid to the scientific, cultural, and historical development of natural history collections and to the importance of these collections. Students will use the Randolph College collections and nature preserves as resources for interdisciplinary, hands-on natural history investigations. Hours credit: 3.

MUHS 201 - COLLECTIONS MANAGEMENT

This course focuses on information management and care of objects under a museum’s purview. Topics include acquisitions, cataloging and documentation using physical and electronic systems, storage and access, proper handling of objects, preventative conservation, and security measures. Students will be engaged in practical, hands-on training utilizing the collections of the Maier Museum of Art and the Natural History and Archaeology Collections. Hours credit: 1.5. Prerequisite: ARTH 261.

MUHS 262 - MUSEUM EDUCATION

This course focuses on the educational role of the museum. Students will put learning theories into practice by developing interpretive tools and activities. Topics include educational theory, audience characteristics, visitor studies, exhibition interpretation, object-based teaching, marketing, community and school partnerships, and digital technologies. The Maier Museum of Art and the Natural History and Archaeology Collections will be utilized. Fieldtrips included. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite: ARTH 261.

MUHS 301 - TOPICS IN MUSEUM & HERITAGE STUDIES

Concentrated readings and discussion on a specific theme or themes in museum and heritage studies. Themes/topics will vary from year to year. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite: junior standing or permission of the instructor.

MUHS 494 - SENIOR PROGRAM

The senior seminar for this interdisciplinary major has two major objectives: to give students an understanding of contemporary issues in heritage studies, especially those relevant to the fields of archaeology, art history, history, and natural history, and to guide students in the preparation of their capstone projects. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite: MUHS 301 and senior standing.

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