Minor Museum Studies

The Minor in Museum & Exhibition Studies acts as a laboratory for imaginative, justice-focused approaches to the work of cultural institutions. An interdisciplinary program promoting critical and creative thinking, the MUSE minor supplements College of Art and Design and other majors with classroom-based and onsite experiences with museums, galleries, community centers, and digital spaces.

The minor's three core classes challenge students to consider who uses museums and exhibitions and why, and how cultural sites can vitalize communities with transformative content and programming. Electives allow students to deepen their knowledge within specific museological and exhibition perspectives, such as public history, art curation, museum anthropology, inclusive design, and more. Courses also offer:

  • Intensive seminars and hands-on, site-based learning
  • A comprehensive understanding of the history of exhibition practices, from the museum's traditional forms and functions to contemporary creative and critical interventions
  • Guest lectures by cultural sector professionals and faculty in affiliated areas including anthropology, art, and history
  • Opportunities to meet and shadow museum staff
  • On-campus resources such as the Jane Hull-House Museum and Gallery 400

Degree Requirements

Students who want to minor in Museum and Exhibition Studies (MUSE) must meet the following program requirements:
Minimum hours required: 15
Required courses: AH 180, AH 206, AH 302 (total of 9 hours)
Elective courses: 6 hours, chosen in consultation with a faculty advisor


Course Descriptions

180 Intro to Museum & Exhibition
Engages students with museum and exhibition histories, frameworks and experiences through activities, reading and films, field trips and lectures by professionals and faculty in affiliated areas including anthropology, art, and history. Field trips required at a nominal fee. Creative Arts, and Individual and Society course.

206 Museums and Exhibitions in Motion
Students will shadow museum staff, and learn about traditional and leading-edge exhibition craft through example and practice. They will look at exhibitions, and examine creative and critical interventions made by artists, activists and scholars. Prerequisite(s): AH 180.

302 Museum and Exhibition Workshop
Taught as a practicum, and act as a laboratory for imaginative, justice focused approaches to the work of cultural institutions. It will be organized around the collaborative design and completion of an exhibition and/or program. Prerequisite(s): AH 180.

Contact: Professor Nina Dubin (Director of Undergraduate Studies) at dubin@uic.edu , or Elizabeth Salvi (MUSE Minor Academic Advisor) at esalvi@uic.edu