2014-15 General Catalog
This is a draft edition of the 2014-15 Catalog; the final edition will be published in late summer 2014.
Web site: http://www.uiowa.edu/~mstudies/
Museum studies has a long history at The University of Iowa, with courses offered continuously since 1910. Iowa's museum studies students have become directors, curators, educators, and exhibit specialists in museums throughout the country.
Museums embrace every aspect of human experience. Iowa's Museum Studies Program reflects this multiplicity, offering courses related to many fields, including American studies, anthropology and archaeology, art, biology, business, communication studies, earth and environmental sciences, elementary and secondary education, English, world languages, history, and library and information science.
Instructors for museum studies courses reflect the program's interdisciplinary nature. They include faculty members from anthropology, art and art history, business, history, law, library and information science, and other related fields. The University archivist for University of Iowa Libraries is an affiliated faculty member of the Museum Studies Program, as are the collections management specialists for the University's Museum of Natural History and Old Capitol Museum.
The Museum Studies Program is administered by the Department of Anthropology.Back To Top
Undergraduate Program of Study
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences students who are interested in museum studies may earn the certificate, or they may use the individualized plan of study track in the interdepartmental studies major to create a museum studies concentration relevant to their academic and professional interests.Back To Top
The Certificate in Museum Studies requires 18 s.h. The program provides a broad foundation of knowledge increasingly valued in the museum field.
The certificate is open to current University of Iowa undergraduate students and to all individuals who hold a bachelor's degree and are not enrolled in a graduate or professional degree program. Completion of the certificate is noted on the student's transcript.
Museum studies courses introduce students to the spectrum of museum endeavors, from organization and mission planning to institutional histories and current developments in the field. Most courses developed by the program offer hands-on experience in exhibition planning and design, collection management, educational programming, community development, and administration.
A major in one of the natural sciences (e.g., biology, geoscience), anthropology, science education, art history, American studies, or history is recommended for students preparing for museum careers.
Students may count a maximum of 6 s.h. completed for a major, a minor, or another certificate offered by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences toward the Certificate in Museum Studies.
Work for the certificate consists of an introductory course, a minimum of four courses on specific museum studies topics, and an internship. Students must request permission from the coordinator of the museum studies certificate to use courses that are not included in the program, and the proposed course content and requirements must fit into one of the program's defined areas.
Students must maintain a g.p.a. of at least 2.00 in work for the certificate.
The Certificate in Museum Studies requires the following course work.
Students should begin the certificate with MUSM:3001 (024:102) Introduction to Museum Studies, which is prerequisite to some of the program's more advanced courses and is approved for the Social Sciences area of the General Education Program. The course provides a historical overview of museum development and function while introducing students to issues such as museum governance and financing, ethics and law, collection management, exhibition and educational programming, interpretation, and audience research.
MUSEUM STUDIES TOPIC AREAS
Students complete a minimum of four courses in museum studies topic areas, choosing from the lists below. The areas are collection care and management; exhibition development and public education; history, theory, and culture; and museum administration and management. Students must select one course from each of three of the four topic areas (9 s.h. total). They also must complete a fourth course (3 s.h.) from any of the four topic areas.
Collection Care and Management
Exhibition Development and Public Education
History, Theory, and Culture
Museum Administration and Management
MUSEUM STUDIES INTERNSHIP
After completing at least 12 s.h. of the required course work above, students must complete the following internship, earning a minimum of 3 s.h.
The Certificate in Museum Studies coordinator works closely with students and affiliated faculty members to ensure that the internship provides students with the instruction and experience they need.Back To Top
Facilities and Resources
Museum studies students have access to a wide variety of museums and related resources, including the following University of Iowa museums: the Museum of Natural History, the Museum of Art, the Old Capitol Museum, the Medical Museum, and the Athletics Hall of Fame.
The Museum Studies Program maintains close connections with a number of local, community-based museums and organizations, including the State Historical Society of Iowa, the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum, the African American Museum of Iowa, the Iowa Children’s Museum, and the Johnson County Historical Society.
The University of Iowa Collections Coalition, consisting of 19 collections and collection-support organizations, is an essential resource for the Museum Studies Program. It provides museum studies internships, directed study projects, opportunities for site visits, and volunteer experiences for students as well as guest speakers.Back To Top
|MUSM:3001 (024:102) Introduction to Museum Studies||3 s.h.|
|Overview of museum history, function, philosophy, collection, and curatorial practices; governance and funding issues; exhibition evaluation and audience studies; examples from Museum of Art, Museum of Natural History, Old Capitol Museum, and Medical Museum. GE: Social Sciences. Same as EDTL:3001 (07S:112), SIED:3001 (097:115), ANTH:3001 (113:103).|
|MUSM:3003 (024:103) Natural History Research Collections||3 s.h.|
|Techniques, methods, and issues specific to natural history research collections; practice in preparing and cleaning specimens; role of natural history specimens in modern scientific research. Recommendations: basic understanding of the diversity of plants and animals and natural history museum collections, MUSM:3001 (024:102) or MUSM:3200 (024:120), and BIOL:1411 (002:031) or BIOL:1412 (002:032); or other experience.|
|MUSM:3090 (024:190) Topics in Museum Studies||1 s.h.|
|Systematic and analytic methods used for research in physical collections; tutorials in collection building, curation, and preservation; designed by members of the University of Iowa Collections Coalition. Same as EES:3090 (012:159).|
|MUSM:3200 (024:120) Collection Care and Management||3 s.h.|
|How a museum's management policy relates to its administrative, legal, and ethical obligations to its collections; acquisitions, deaccessions, collection use, data standards, storage environment, health, safety, documentation. Same as EES:3200 (012:120).|
|MUSM:4200 (024:140) Advanced Collection Care and Management||3 s.h.|
|Builds on MUSM:3200 (024:120); types of museum objects and materials, their care and management; care, storage, and use of paper, books, photographs, works of art, electronic information media, textiles, furniture, archaeological artifacts, natural history specimens, archives; digitization projects, integrated pest management, risk assessment, museum security, museum construction and renovation, grant writing; for students planning museum careers or for professions that require care of collections. Prerequisites: MUSM:3200 (024:120) or EES:3200 (012:120). Same as EES:4200 (012:160).|
|MUSM:3004 (024:104) Exhibition Planning||3 s.h.|
|Preliminary work for and process of developing museum exhibitions; history of exhibit design, evaluation, budgets, teams and team member roles, working with community and special interest groups, methods of production and display; students research a topic, choose artifacts and images, and create a narrative and exhibit script. Prerequisites: MUSM:3001 (024:102).|
|MUSM:3110 (024:110) Learning in Museums||3 s.h.|
|Introduction to theory and practice of learning in museums; identification of institutional objectives; goals that facilitate learning in museum setting; development of educational materials and programs. Prerequisites: MUSM:3001 (024:102). Recommendations: good writing skills.|
|MUSM:4000 (024:121) Art and the Power of Placement||3 s.h.|
|How placement of artworks in a setting and their relationship to each other affect the way viewers understand the works; influence of curator's choice of placement, sequence, height, wall color, and so forth; varied settings, with focus on display issues in art museums; includes gallery and museum experiences. Prerequisites: MUSM:3001 (024:102).|
|MUSM:3120 (024:106) The Natural History Museum: A Museological History||3 s.h.|
|History of the natural history museum; origin, character, and evolution; anecdotes and personalities; how natural history museums influenced society and their continuing relevance to a technological world. Recommendations: at least one course in museum studies, such as MUSM:3001 (024:102).|
|MUSM:3237 (024:124) Politics of the Archaeological Past||3 s.h.|
|How control over management of material remains of the ancient past, and representations of that past, intersect with the identity of diverse groups, including archaeologists, indigenous peoples, national governments, collectors, ethnic minorities and majorities, museum curators; struggles for control of the archaeological past at different scales (artifacts, skeletal remains, sites, imagery, narratives) and in different regions of the world. Same as ANTH:3237 (113:124).|
|MUSM:4081 (024:162) The Art Museum: Theory and Practice||3 s.h.|
|Introduction to different aspects of art museums; emphasis on roles of art historians, especially curatorial practice; current and historical theories and practices of art exhibitions; varying debates of the politics of display; art museum professions; the many facets of art exhibition preparation; the University of Iowa Museum of Art collections. Same as ARTH:4081 (01H:181).|
|MUSM:4130 (024:115) Museum Literacy and Historical Memory||3 s.h.|
|Concepts and methods for understanding the role of museums in shaping knowledge and collective memory of history; institutionally based exhibits and collections, historical markers and public monuments, public holidays and events, media and artistic works that interpret the past; how events, people, and civic ambitions are memorialized and how memories of them are shaped; appearance of museums and related practices in the non‑Western world after 1850. Same as HIST:4130 (016:120).|
|MUSM:3080 (024:181) Marketing, Promoting, Politicking Contemporary Public Art||3 s.h.|
|How public art projects are conceived, created, and paid for; projects sponsored and funded by federal, state, and local governments and private businesses 1960 to present; projects' operational structures, how artists are selected; Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Serra's Tilted Arc, recent projects. Same as ARTH:3080 (01H:180).|
|MUSM:3100 (024:100) Historic House Management and Preservation||3 s.h.|
|Management, preservation, interpretation, and basic operations of historic structures and the museums they serve.|
|MUSM:3500 (024:147) Nonprofit Organizational Effectiveness I||3 s.h.|
|Operational and financial aspects of nonprofit management; mission and governance of organization; strategic planning for effective management, including finance, budget, income generation, fund‑raising. Same as ENTR:3595 (06T:144), SSW:3500 (042:157), NURS:3595 (096:168), MGMT:3500 (06J:147), RELS:3700 (032:127).|
|MUSM:3600 (024:148) Nonprofit Organizational Effectiveness II||3 s.h.|
|Qualities for leadership of nonprofit organizations, including relationships with staff and volunteers; relationship of nonprofit and outside world; marketing, public relations, advocacy strategies for nonprofits. Same as MGMT:3600 (06J:148), NURS:3600 (096:169), SSW:3600 (042:158), RELS:3701 (032:128).|
|MUSM:6010 (024:247) Nonprofit Organizational Effectiveness I||3 s.h.|
|Operational and financing aspects of nonprofit management; mission and governance of organization; strategic planning for effective management, including finance, budget, income generation, fund‑raising. Same as SLIS:6430 (021:263), MGMT:9150 (06J:247), LAW:8751 (091:320), HMP:6360 (174:247), SSW:6247 (042:247), URP:6278 (102:278), SPST:6010 (028:257), RELS:6070 (032:227).|
|MUSM:6020 (024:248) Nonprofit Organizational Effectiveness II||3 s.h.|
|Qualities for leadership of nonprofit organizations, including relationships with staff and volunteers; relationship of nonprofit and outside world; marketing, public relations, advocacy strategies for nonprofits. Requirements: for LAW:8752 (091:322) — LAW:8751 (091:320); for HMP:6365 (174:248) — HMP:6360 (174:247) or MGMT:9150 (06J:247) or MUSM:6010 (024:247). Same as MGMT:9160 (06J:248), LAW:8752 (091:322), SLIS:6435 (021:265), SSW:6248 (042:248), HMP:6365 (174:248), URP:6279 (102:279), SPST:6020 (028:258), RELS:6075 (032:228).|
|MUSM:4050 (024:150) Directed Studies and Projects||arr.|
|Advanced readings in historical development, educational philosophy, programs, operations of museums; individual projects coordinated with programs, exhibits, or collections of campus and area museums. Prerequisites: MUSM:3001 (024:102) or MUSM:3004 (024:104) or MUSM:3200 (024:120).|
|MUSM:4080 (024:180) Museum Internship||arr.|
|Working experience in functions, departments, programs of the sponsoring museum; relation to museum's overall mission and museum field in general.|