Program Requirements and Opportunities
Published annually, the Course Catalog sets out the requirements of the academic programs--the majors, minors, and concentrations. Each Bryn Mawr student must declare a major before the end of the sophomore year. Students may also declare a minor or a concentration, but neither is required for the A.B. degree. Students must comply with the requirements published in the Course Catalog at the time when they declare the major, minor and/or concentration.
The Course Catalog also sets out the College requirements. Students must comply with the College requirements published at the time they enter Bryn Mawr College.
Students may complete a minor in Museum Studies.
Museum Studies is a program that offers students a rich and dynamic education in both museum theory and practice. Students have the opportunities to learn about the history of museums and their roles in society as well as to engage with critical, theoretical museum scholarship. Through coursework and internships, students will also have the opportunity to gain practical hands-on experience in Bryn Mawr’s Special Collections as well as in museums in Philadelphia and beyond. This dynamic and inter-disciplinary program intersects disciplines such as the History of Art, Anthropology, Archaeology, History, Education, Cities, Biology and Geology. The Bryn Mawr Museum Studies program aims to empower students to become significant contributors to various professions throughout museums, galleries and archives.
The Museum Studies program calls upon the College’s extensive collection of art and artifacts, rare books and prints, photographs and manuscripts, which facilitates research and experiential learning for students. Through Bryn Mawr’s Special Collections, students can draw upon the in-house expertise of a strong group of curators and other museum professionals working in the department. Bryn Mawr is in close proximity to the museum-rich Philadelphia region, and students have the opportunity to work with distinguished and diverse museum professionals across the city.
Museum Studies Minor Curriculum
The requirements for the minor are:
2 Core Courses:
HART B275: "Museum Studies: History,Theory, Practice”
HART B316: “Museum Studies Fieldwork Seminar” (or a similar praxis internship course)
4 Elective Courses:
A student can take four elective courses related to museum studies. These can be courses that are currently listed as official “Museum Studies” courses or any relevant courses that have museum studies content (with permission of the Director of Museum Studies).
Monique Scott, Associate Professor of History of Art and Director of Museum Studies (on leave 2023-2024)
Matt Feliz, Visiting Assistant Professor, Director of the Center for Visual Culture and Acting Director of Museum Studies
Sylvia Houghteling, Associate Professor of History of Art
Carrie Robbins, Curator, Academic Liaison for Art & Artifacts