Bryn Mawr College's program in Museum Studies provides a rich and dynamic education in both museum theory and practice. Students learn about the history of museums and their roles in society, and they engage with critical, theoretical museum scholarship. Through coursework and internships, students also have the opportunity to gain practical, hands-on experience in the Bryn Mawr Special Collections as well as in museums, galleries, and archives in Philadelphia and beyond.
This dynamic and interdisciplinary program connects courses from disciplines such as History of Art, Anthropology, Archaeology, History, Cities, Biology, and Geology. Students are always encouraged to look for new ways to connect Museum Studies to their coursework at Bryn Mawr, Haverford, and Swarthmore. The Museum Studies program also draws upon Bryn Mawr's extensive collection of more than 50,000 objects from diverse regions around the globe as well as the College’s collection of rare books and prints, photographs, and manuscripts.
As a model of engaged liberal arts, Museum Studies aims to create innovative interdisciplinary scholars who are poised to advance the Museum from the inside out.