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M.A. Museum Administration Course offerings / * = required
ART 101* Introduction to Working in Museums
An introduction to museums’ functions and professional
specializations with exposure to contemporary issues and
controversies in the museum field and contact with professionals working across a range of museum disciplines.
ART 102* History, Theory & Practice in the Modern Museum
The rise of modern art museums and display practices in the 20th century and 21st century are studied in light of the birth of public museums in 18th-century Europe and the rise of encyclopedic museums in the 19th century.
ART 103 Writing for the Museum
This course develops proficiency in techniques of writing for a variety of museum functions; introduces students to standard museum formats and style requirements; and facilitates students ability to critically analyze how museums' display techniques produce meaning through the interplay of objects and the written word.
ART 105* Introduction to Curatorial Studies & Practice
Studies in the history, definition and practice of curating, past and present, is the basis for student-initiated curatorial projects,
providing exposure to the art market, collectors, artists, publishing and marketing.
Art 106*/ART 107* Special Topics in Museum Administration
Topics courses provide a platform for a changing roster of classes dedicated to contemporary issues in art history and museum administration.
Art 201 Collections Management
Focusing on best practices in the field of collection management students are exposed to current thinking on the management and care of collections including ethic and legal issues, local to global.
Art 301 The Museum as Learning Environment
A survey of theories and practices in museum education addressing issues of interpretation, learning styles, programming, audience cultivation, community outreach and evaluation.
Art 500 The Business of Museums
An overview of museum governance and administration, addressing issues of public and private accountability, strategic planning, fund- raising and community relations.
ART 502 Museums & Technology in the 21st Century
An introduction to the history and function of technology in museums focusing on internal operations, as well as areas of public access including exhibitions, education, marketing, audience development and evaluation.
ART 600 Internship*/ART 601 Internship II (optional)
ART 602 Supervised Research*
In addition to a required one-semester internship, students undertake a one semester project of supervised research or curatorial project.
Optional electives in the Departments of Public History and the Division Information and Archive Studies - all courses 3 credits
HIS 500 Introduction to Public History
HIS 506 U. S. Museums and Historical Sites
LIS 204 Introduction to Library & Information Science
LIS 225 Classification Schemes & Information Architecture
LIS 238 Web Design for Libraries & Information Centers
LIS 249 Archives & Manuscripts: Basic Functions & Current Issues
LIS 253 Oral History
LIS 257 Archival Representation
LIS 258 Museum Informatics
MA Fulltime Faculty:
Dr. Susan Rosenberg
Ph.D., Institute of Fine Arts, New York University; B.A. Brown University
Susan Rosenberg, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Art History, earned a doctorate from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, in the field of early modern sculpture, design, and collecting practices in 1920s France.
She was Assistant Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art (1999-2003) and Associate Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Seattle Art Museum (2003-2006). In Philadelphia she participated in a major reinstallation of the modern and contemporary art collection following gallery renovations – and contributed the collections’ first published catalogue. In Seattle she contributed to strategic planning in the areas of artistic commissions, acquisitions and educational programming for a planned outdoor sculpture park and expanded museum facility.
Her writings have appeared in international academic journals and museum catalogues. Her recent book on American artist Trisha Brown, Trisha Brown: Choreography as Visual Art,
will be released this November. Dr. Rosenberg serves as Consulting Historical Scholar at the Trisha Brown Dance Company. This fall she is a Fellow in the ART & LAW Program.
Dr. Amy Gansell, Assistant Professor of Art History
Ph.D., Harvard University; M.A., Harvard University; B.A., Barnard College
Amy Gansell, Ph.D., earned a doctorate in ancient Near Eastern art from Harvard University. Following an internship at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, she worked on the Royal Tombs of Ur traveling exhibition at Harvard Art Museums, later contributing entries to Harvard’s Byzantine Women exhibition catalogue and ancient bronze catalogue. From 2008 to 2010 she served at the US Department of State as the associate coordinator for Iraqi and Afghan cultural heritage, working on projects to restore and build professional capacity at the Afghan National Museum, the National Museum of Iraq, and the site of Babylon in Iraq. She gained substantial archaeological experience at sites in the US, France, Tunisia, Crete, Syria, and Turkey, where she was head registrar at the site of Tell Atchana.
Previously a postdoctoral fellow at Emory University’s Bill and Carol Fox Center for Humanistic Inquiry, Dr. Gansell has been rewarded with grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and The American Academic Research Institute in Iraq. Her scholarly essays have appeared in prestigious international journals including the Cambridge Archaeological Journal and the Journal of Archaeological Science. Currently, she is writing a book on the beauty and material culture of ancient Mesopotamian queens.
Prof. Oliver O'Donnell (2015-2016)
Prof. Adrienne d'Angelo (2016-2017