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Museum Studies

Museums play a vital role in remembering and embracing history. A museum studies emphasis is a great chance for students to learn about, appreciate, and conserve history.

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Program Overview

When you choose a museum studies emphasis at Dordt, you’re setting yourself up for a career that allows you to share your passion for history with the world around you. Along with an engaging and dynamic curriculum, you’ll have opportunities for internships and jobs in the field. You’ll also learn from high-level professors who are dedicated to helping you grow academically and spiritually through individual attention.

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What You'll Learn

Classes in the museum studies emphasis will prepare you to be an expert researcher and writer. You’ll take ancient and modern history courses that span the world, including Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. With courses in historiography, museum studies, public administration, and more, you’ll be ready to leave Dordt and make an impact in the workforce right away.

What You Can Do With A Museum Studies Emphasis

When it comes to a museum studies emphasis, you can choose from several career options, including gallery management, museum curation, research management, and archiving.

Museum Curator

Museum Curators make sure that artifacts within the museum are handled and displayed in a safe way.

Tour Guide

A Tour Guide accompanies a group of people to different attractions and provides them with different insights and information to help better their experience.

Gallery Manager

A Gallery Manager oversees a variety of aspects that deal with exhibits in their gallery.

Students who choose the museum studies emphasis will complete a variety of courses chosen from the history, business administration, communication, political science, art, and theater arts programs.

  • Introduction to Museum Studies: This course will provide introductory exposure to the main aspects of museum work. Topics will include structure and administration, funding and government relations, function, and exhibit design and display. Students will also address ethical, moral, and legal issues within the field from the perspective of a Christian historian.
  • History Internship: This course is designed to give students the opportunity to practically apply the concepts, theories, and knowledge they have acquired in the classroom in a professional setting. Students will be supervised by a faculty monitor and on-site supervisor.
  • Seven history courses above 214
    • At least three must be at the 300-level
    • At least two courses from History 202, 301, 306, 307, 308
    • At least three courses from History 220-226, 230, 319, 321, 326, 327, 328, 329, 335
  • Computer Literacy for Business/Accounting Majors: This course teaches important computer skills used in today’s world of business. Areas of study include beginning and intermediate Excel and Word, advanced PowerPoint, an introduction to Access, and Windows and file management basics.
  • Organizational Communication: The analysis of formal and informal communication in such organizations as corporations and institutions. Included will be considerations of communication problems related to grapevine, rumor, channels, perception, power, status, roles, structures, etc.
  • Public Relations: As an introduction to public relations, this course will set the background for additional courses in communication and business administration. After a study of the history of public relations, students will learn what is expected of public relations workers, study the various publics, become familiar with current problems and issues in public relations, analyze several cases, and develop a Christian perspective for the continued study of public relations.
  • State and Local Politics: Provides a basic introduction to the political process at the state and municipal level, examining the role of the individual citizen, various groups, and governmental institutions. Attention is given to the special policy needs at the state and community level, their links with the federal government, and the particular character of local politics.
  • Introduction to Public Administration: Provides an introduction to the interdisciplinary field of Public Administration. Subjects to be considered include the role of the public service in society, public service values and ethics, accountability and political control of the public service, the budgetary process, organizational forms in government, human resources, principles of public management, and new forms of delivering government services.
  • Art History: Ancient and Medieval: This course is the first of a three-semester survey of the history of the visual arts. It investigates the role of the visual arts in the historical and cultural development of world civilization between prehistory and the 14th century.
  • Art History: 14th to 19th Centuries: This course is the second of a three-semester survey of the history of art. It covers the history of architecture, painting, and sculpture from the 14th century through the 19th century.
  • Art History: Contemporary Art and Architecture: This is the third course in a historical survey of art and architecture. The course will begin with the foundations of modernism in the last half of the 19th century and then cover the plurality of styles in the 20th century.
  • Graphic Design II: A continuation of Art 240, students apply their growing knowledge of the interaction between typography and visual form to specific design situations. Type/image relationships are important aspects of this course. Typographic syntax and arrangement are stressed. Design methodology, research, the development of a variety of ideas, and print production technology is emphasized.
  • Stagecraft: An introduction to the theory and practice of stage lighting and set construction techniques, including introductory electrical and color theory.
  • Introduction to Education: Designed to introduce students to the domain of education and to induct them into an initial understanding of teaching and the teaching profession. Emphasis is on the development of a distinctively Christian approach to education.
  • Lifespan Development: This course studies the growth and maturation of persons throughout the entire lifespan, including examination of physical, cognitive, personality, social changes, faith development, and other developmental tasks. This course will also focus on evaluating the theoretical issues and descriptive information portraying the growth of an individual from conception through late adulthood. Students will develop a biblically informed vision of who we are as image-bearers of God and what it means to be humans living in God’s creation.

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