History

The Museum Studies Program at the University of Kansas began in 1981. Over the years, the program has regularly produced graduates who go on to pursue distinguished careers in museum work.

The Museum Studies Program is unique among the interdisciplinary graduate programs in the College. Since its creation, the program has relied upon a partnership between discipline-based academic units and museum practitioners who teach “core” courses. The original group of professors who developed the program had a particular intent in training students in the care of historical archives, so the program was born as a Master in Historical Administration and Museum Studies (MHAMS) until 2002, when it changed to the Museum Studies Program (MUSE) and the MHAMS degree was changed to a Master of Arts in Museum Studies (M.A.).

In 2012, Dr. Peter H. Welsh was appointed full-time director and professor of Museum Studies. His arrival brought a change to the structure of the program, which went into place for the Fall 2013 semester. The original track system was eliminated in favor of a thematic structure that gives students greater flexibility to take courses that correspond with their interests. In the spring of 2014, the program introduced a a new graduate certificate in Museum Studies.

 


Museum Events

Pursuing Elusive Equity in Higher Education
Talk by Professor Jennifer Hamer
​Tuesday, March 28 | 7:30 p.m.
The Commons, Spooner Hall
1450 Jayhawk Blvd., Lawrence, KS

Building KU CommUnity Potluck
Thursday March 30 | 4 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Ecumenical Campus Ministries
1204 Oread Lawrence, KS
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Brent Learned, Artist Event
Friday, March 31 | 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Phoenix Gallery
825 massachusetts St., Lawrence, KS
Information about the artist and gallery

Art of Conversation: Social Service/Social Justice
Friday, March 31 | 6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Watkins Museum of History
1047 Massachusetts St., Lawrence, KS
Further information

Talk: Up Close: American Dream
Sunday, April 2 | 2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Spencer Museum of Art
1301 Mississippi St., Lawrence, KS
On KU Campus
Event description

Film: Out in the Night
Thursday, April 6 | 5:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Spencer Museum of Art Auditorium
1301 Mississippi St., Lawrence, KS
On KU Campus
Further information on the film

Public Film Screening
Francofonia by Alexander Sokurov
Cinemuse: Selfie with Sokurov by Dragan Kujundzic
Friday April 7 | 6 p.m.
Kansas Union, Centennial Room

Grant Develpment as a Professional Skill Workshop
Wednesday April 19 | 6 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Hall Center for the Humanities 
Seminar Room 1
900 Sunnyside Ave.
RSVP to hgdo@ku.edu or call 785.864.7833
by April 12

First National African American Quilt Convention
July 12-15, 2017
TBD, Lawrence, Kansas
http://www.naaqc.org/

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