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Randolph introduces new museum and heritage studies major

Students conduct archaeological research on African artifacts.

Students conduct archaeological research on African artifacts.

Beginning in the fall, Randolph College students will be able to take advantage of the College’s newest major, museum and heritage studies.

The new interdisciplinary program will introduce students to a rich variety of approaches for presenting and studying visual and material culture. The program is designed for a broad range of students in the arts, humanities, and social and natural sciences.

Students will take core courses in museum and heritage studies and electives from their area of concentration. Courses in the program encourage the development of fresh perspectives and practical skills and are taught by museum professionals at Randolph, as well as faculty in archaeology, art history, biology, and history who have developed a special interest in tangible cultural heritage. In their senior year, students will create, design, and execute an exhibition related to their discipline of concentration. They will also be required to complete at least two internships.

“This new major capitalizes on our existing strengths, both in terms of the expertise of our faculty and staff, as well as our distinctive collections,” said art history professor Andrea Campbell. “The new major integrates the Maier Museum of Art and the Natural History and Archaeology Collections even more fully with the curriculum and our students’ experience at Randolph. The major offers faculty and staff the opportunity to connect classroom teaching with experiential learning off-campus at historic sites, archives, and museums in Lynchburg and beyond.

“Similarly, the internships and opportunities generously funded by our alumni, such as the Nantucket Preservation Institute, are featured as critical components to the degree,” Campbell continued. “We are thrilled to be able to offer our students a major that examines the material culture of human experience across several disciplines in a way which will simultaneously broaden their horizons and focus their future endeavors. The interdisciplinary nature of the major embraces our goals as a liberal arts college and will equip our students with the skills and knowledge required of a productive life after graduation, whether that begins in the workplace or in graduate school.”

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