Museum and Cultural Heritage Studies

Museum and Cultural Heritage Studies is a constellation of programs offered by the Department of Art History, the College of Fine Arts, and FSU's Museum of Fine Arts and Ringling Museum of Art.

For undergraduates working toward a Bachelor’s degree and interested in a career in museums, the Department of Art History offers a Minor in Museum Studies.  At the graduate level, the Department offers a Master of Arts in Museum and Cultural Heritage Studies - now part of the Academic Common Market, and now offering The Ringling Track, a full second year of study at the Ringling Museum of Art.  Also on the graduate level, the College of Fine Arts coordinates a program of Specialized Study for any FSU graduate student pursuing an MA in a related field and interested in a museum career.

These programs combine classroom instruction in museum history, practice, and theory with the practical hands-on experience of exhibition projects and museum internships. Coursework includes offerings throughout the University and is multidisciplinary in nature. Internships vary in discipline and scope and provide students with global awareness as they work in institutions not only in the Tallahassee area and Florida but throughout the world.

Museum and Cultural Heritage Studies has a long history at FSU. Beginning with a Museum Studies Certificate for graduate students in 1997, academic programming in the museum studies field at FSU expanded to include the museum studies minor in 2003 and the inaugural class of Master’s students for the Museum and Cultural Heritage Studies began in the fall semester of 2011. The Museum and Cultural Heritage Studies M.A. is now expanding to include a full year of internship and professional coursework at The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art.

Concepts encountered during our programs are applicable to positions not on in the arts and humanities, but science and technology as well. Our students have found success as they have pursued their academic careers beyond the undergraduate and Master’s levels. In the museum field, they can be found in museums big and small with positions of educational, curatorial, and administrative responsibilities as well as governmental cultural institutions and agencies.

Join us as the FSU Museum and Cultural Heritage Studies programs expand and adapt to encompass the world’'s ever changing landscape!

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