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Requirements for the KU Master of Arts Degree in Museum Studies

Description
The course of study leading to the Master of Arts in Museum Studies comprises 36 semester credit hours at the graduate level. Each entering student enrolls in the Foundational Museum Studies Core, and then, with guidance of academic advisors and program staff, crafts an individualized, multidisciplinary, program of study in which they master both general and specific topics appropriate to their interests and relevant to current museum standards. In addition to courses in topics such as collections management, museum education, exhibits, and museum management, students can take advantage of the resources of a major university to gain skills in fields as diverse as scenography, learning theory, audience evaluation, non-profit leadership, psychology, and public administration, among others. Students are also able – and encouraged – to take courses in academic disciplines such as history, anthropology, art history, natural sciences, and visual arts. Museum Studies students have access to the staff and resources of several acclaimed museums located on the KU campus, as well as to museums in the region. Many of the courses are taught by museum professionals who work in institutions locally, as well as in Kansas City and Topeka.

The Program has six elements:  

1.   The Museum Studies Core - 9 cr.
2.   Museum Professional Areas - 9 cr.
3.   Museum Conceptual Domains - 6 cr.
4.   Electives - 9 cr.
5.   Museum Experience (Internship) - 3 cr.
6.   Final Product (Research)

M.A. Advisor and Committee
Advising for entering students is provided by the Director of the Museum Studies program, but by the end of the first year, and preferably sooner, students should have chosen an M.A. advisor and committee. The M.A. committee must have a minimum of 3 members. The chair and at least one other member of this committee must be from the graduate faculty. Committee members may, with department and university approval, be appointed from other universities or institutions to serve on specific graduate student committees. As soon as the committee has been formed, the student must submit, in writing, the names of members to the Museum Studies director for approval. After approval, this information is placed in the student's file.

To change the committee chair the student must petition the Museum Studies Executive Committee. The student may change other committee members with the consent of the committee chair. It is the student's responsibility to notify the Museum Studies director, in writing, of these changes. Any faculty member has the right to refuse to serve on any M.A. committee.

 


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Museum Events

FILM - Out of State Saturday, December 09 | 1 p.m.-4 p.m.
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, 4525 Oak St. Kansas City, MO
In 2007, the state of Hawaii outsourced the care of roughly 2,000 male prisoners to a private, for-profit prison in Arizona. Exiled thousands of miles from their island home, a group of indigenous Hawaiian inmates have discovered their calling on the inside: teaching each other their native language and dances. As several of the men complete their sentences, the film follows them as they reintegrate in Hawaii. Out of State explores questions of cultural and religious identity; the overabundance of native Hawaiians and minorities in the prison system; the cycle of criminal behavior and its impact on the family; and prisoner entitlement. Join us for a moderated discussion led by Native-Hawaiian filmmaker and Out of State’s director, Ciara Lacy, and member of the Osage Nation, Jimmy Lee Beason II, M.S.W.

Meet the Experts: Christmas Crèches​
Sunday, December 10 | 2 p.m.-3 p.m.
The National Museum of Toys/Miniatures, 5235 Oak St. Kansas City, MO
Get to know the experts at The National Museum of Toys and Miniatures through this monthly exploration of special topics. On December 10, enjoy special displays of Christmas crèches from the Bud and Jan Koupal Collection. Hear a talk about the history and tradition of holiday crèches, and stay afterward for cider and cookies. The program includes a lecture and museum visit. Included with museum admission.

TALK - Civic Leader and Art Collector: Sallie Casey Thayer and an Art Museum for KU
Thursday, December 14 | 10 a.m.-11 a.m.
Spencer Museum of Art, Gallery 317 Sam and Connie Perkins Central Court, 1301 Mississippi St.
A hundred years ago, Kansas City philanthropist Sallie Casey Thayer donated her extensive collection to the KU, forming the basis for what is today the Spencer Museum of Art’s collection. Celka Straughn, Director of Academic Programs, discusses this eclectic collection, from Japanese prints and American paintings to sumptuous textiles, ancient artifacts, and even valentines. This series of informal gallery talks is designed for senior citizens but open to everyone.

TALK - Slow Art Sunday: Presepio 
Sunday, December 17 | 2 p.m.-3 p.m.
Spencer Museum of Art, Gallery 317 Sam and Connie Perkins Central Court, 1301 Mississippi St.
Slow down at the Spencer and spend time getting to know one great work of art. Slow Art Sunday features one work for visitors to contemplate and converse about with Museum staff. In December, get to know our 18th-century Italian Presepio.

TALK - Home for the Holidays 
Sunday, December 24 | 12 p.m.-1 p.m.
Spencer Museum of Art, 1301 Mississippi St.
Every year, Spencer Museum Director Saralyn Reece Hardy spends an afternoon in the galleries welcoming visitors and leading informal tours to celebrate the holiday season. This year's tour centers on the origins of the Museum and collecting and sharing art as a form of civic engagement. Tours begin at 12pm and 1pm. Join us and make this Spencer Museum tradition your own. These tours are presented in conjunction with the centennial celebration of the Museum’s collection.

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