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Final Product and Examination
Each student will be responsible for a final product, developed through research or other creative activity, that contributes to museum studies and demonstrates the student’s ability to engage conceptually and professionally with the discipline of museum studies. The final product will be developed with and approved by the student’s M.A. committee. The final product may be an extension of work undertaken during an internship or in a course. Examples of appropriate products include research papers, exhibitions, educational curricula, websites, social media applications, and films.

Each student will successfully defend their final product as part of the final examination of their work. This comprehensive master’s examination, taken during the student’s final semester of coursework, focuses on the student’s final product, while also testing the candidate's mastery of museum principles and practices, and relevant subject disciplines indicated by the student’s record. Except in extraordinary circumstances, the exam is oral, and the examination committee shall be comprised of the student’s M.A. committee. The oral defense is public; faculty and graduate students are invited and encouraged to attend as nonvoting participants.

Written notice of intent to take the exam must be filed with the Museum Studies office at least three weeks in advance of the examination, providing the names of the chair and committee members, the date and time of the exam, and the location of the exam. The examination will be evaluated (on the basis of Pass, Fail, or Honors) by each member of the committee. A favorable majority is required for passing the exam. Note: Students must be enrolled during the semester in which they take the exam.


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Museum Events

German-American History Talk and Gallery Tour
Saturday, October 21 | 2 p.m.-3:30 p.m.
Watkins Museum of History, 1047 Massachusetts St.
Prof. William Keel of KU speaks on local German-American history, then we move to the third floor for a special tour of our new exhibit Community and Culture: The Lawrence Turnverein, with Watkins curator Brittany Keegan and Dr. Lorie Vanchena of KU.

My Name is Sallie Performance
October 25-26 | 7 p.m.-8 p.m.
Spencer Museum of Art, Gallery 317, Sam & Connie Perkins Central Court
This experimental, immersive musical theater experience tells the story of the founding gift of art to the University of Kansas that became the Spencer Museum of Art. Created by Spencer Archivist Robert Hickerson and featuring the talents of artists and students from across the community. The performance is a free special preview event and part of the centennial celebration of our collection. Tickets are available through Eventbrite https://www.eventbrite.com/e/my-name-is-sallie-tickets-37725266287.

Science of the Macabre
Thursday, October 26 | 7 p.m.-9 p.m.
KU Natural History Museum, 1345 Jayhawk Blvd. 
Join us for a spooky night in the KU Natural History Museum as we celebrate Halloween. From spiders and snakes to parasites, we will explore the science of the creepy things that go bump in the night. See museum specimens, explore blood under black light, and enjoy free refreshments and win prizes.

Stories from the Museum Archives: Sallie Casey Thayer Collects
Sunday, November 5 | 2 p.m.-3 p.m.
Spencer Museum of Art, Rm 305, Stephen H. Goddard Study Center 
Spencer Museum archivist Robert Hickerson and student assistant Rose Wolf open up the archives for an exploration of primary resources that document the collection that initiated an art museum at KU. Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Civic Leader and Art Collector: Sallie Casey Thayer and an Art Museum for KU and the Museum’s centennial celebration of our collection.

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