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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.

Cross Listed Courses from Other Departments

ARTH 101 – ART, CULTURE, AND SOCIETY BEFORE 1400

This course introduces the student to the field of art history by giving an understanding of the major developments in a variety of forms of artistic expression as these are related to the unfolding of history. The course pursues the establishment of the Western artistic canon by the Greeks and Romans, its development over the course of the Middle Ages, and concludes with the Early Renaissance. Hours credit: 3.

ARTH 102 – ART, CULTURE, AND SOCIETY AFTER 1400

What can be learned about culture through art? Explore history through this survey of European and American art from the Renaissance to the present by artists such as Michelangelo, van Gogh, Picasso, and Warhol. Examine artworks in their historical, religious, and cultural contexts to discover what meanings and messages they conveyed at the time of their creation. Hours credit: 3.

HIST 111 – INTRODUCTION TO PUBLIC HISTORY

What is public history, and why does it matter? Who authors the narratives found on historical markers, memorials, and in museum exhibits? How do these public media shape our collective consciousness? This course draws from the historical, theoretical, and practical applications of the field through readings, discussions, lectures, field trips, and experiential learning. Students will learn the art of historical storytelling, while gaining hands-on experience by curating a small exhibit. Hours credit: 3.

CLAS 243 – ARCHAEOLOGY OF DAILY LIFE

As an introduction to the history, theories, methods, and practice of Classical archaeology, this course focuses on the techniques of recovery, preservation, description, analysis, and interpretation of artifacts as documents of social, cultural, and economic history. Students work with coins, pottery, and other objects of Roman daily life in the Randolph College collection. Hours credit 3. Prerequisite: sophomore standing or permission of the instructor. Alternate years.

ARTH 261 – INTRODUCTION TO MUSEUM STUDIES

This course explores the history, philosophy, and functions of museums in society and the socio-cultural meanings embodied in such institutions. Students interpret and critically examine museum collections and exhibitions, and are introduced to the various facets of museum work including curating, education, conservation and management. Special focus is placed on the exhibitions and programs of the Maier Museum of Art. Field trips required. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisites ARTH 101 or 102.

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