The minor in Museum Studies familiarizes students with museum theory, philosophy and practice. It aims to prepare students for graduate studies in museology, museum management and entry-level positions in the field. A general track encompasses shared practices that involve registration, curatorial approaches, conservation, fund raising and general management. A specialized track focusing on art museums explores issues that are particular to the academic disciplines associated with those institutions, such as art criticism, connoisseurship and the art market.
The unique location of UW Tacoma within a central campus of museums, and its proximity to major metropolitan areas, provides students with numerous internship and job placement opportunities.
Museum Studies minor course requirements
The Museum Studies minor requires 25-30 credits.
All minors must be completed with a 2.0 minor GPA. Please see an advisor to discuss details.
* These courses are also part of the Minor in Nonprofit Management. Students may wish to pursue these two minors in combination.
Foundation course (5 credits)
Core course (5 credits)
Nonprofit Electives (10 credits)
- *TNPRFT 431 Community Organizations & the Nonprofit Sector
- *TNPRFT 432 Organizational Development
- TNPRFT 450 Methods of Museum Interpretation
- *TNPRFT 451 Fund Raising and Grant Writing
Internship (5-10 credits)
How to declare
You can declare a minor by completing the Request to Declare/Change a Major or Minor form and submitting it to the Office of the Registrar. You must have earned a minimum of 45 credits and declared a major before declaring a minor. If you have any questions about this process, please see your advisor.