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Museum Studies Certificate Now Available

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

LAWRENCE – The College of Liberal Arts & Sciences has broadened the array of graduate certificates at the University of Kansas with the addition of programs in global studies, museum studies, and Russian, East European and Eurasian studies.

Departments in the College developed the certificates to expand graduate students’ and working professionals’ opportunities to diversify their expertise and distinguish themselves in the workforce.

“We want students to have as many options as possible to prepare for a successful career after they leave KU. These certificates have broad applicability and will benefit students across the spectrum of academic and professional career interests,” said Danny Anderson, dean of the College.

Graduate certificates may be pursued as a complement to a master’s or doctoral degree program or as a stand-alone course of study. Each certificate requires 12 to 15 credit hours for completion. All three certificates are accepting new applicants.

The global studies certificate is designed to deepen understanding of international and regional issues. In addition to studying topics on a global scale, such as politics or the environment, students will choose from courses that allow them to study regions of interest in more detail. The Center for Global & International Studies developed the certificate.

The museum studies certificate is intended to prepare students for careers or research programs with museums. Students in several areas of study have expressed interest in the certificate, from programs in the humanities to public administration to architecture. It’s designed to appeal both to master’s students and museum professionals looking for career development opportunities. KU is among four Big 12 schools with a master’s program in museum studies and is the only university to offer a graduate certificate. The Museum Studies Program developed the certificate.

The Russian, East European and Eurasian studies certificate is aimed at students who already have skills in Russian or East European languages and want to strengthen their regional expertise. It is expected to attract students from across the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences and KU’s professional schools, including law and business. It will be the only such certificate in the state and the Great Plains. The Center for Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies developed the certificate.

The College of Liberal Arts & Sciences encourages learning without boundaries in its more than 50 departments, programs and centers. Through innovative research and teaching, the College emphasizes interdisciplinary education, global awareness and experiential learning. The College is KU's broadest, most diverse academic unit. 


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Museum Events

Red Hot Research: Graduate Edition
Friday, November 17 | 4 p.m.-5:30 a.m.
The Commons, Spooner Hall, 1340 Jayhawk Blvd.
Red Hot Research brings together scholars from all disciplines, speaking for six minutes each in Pecha Kucha–inspired presentations. Audience members are encouraged to connect with the speakers and each other during breaks. This session features graduate student research.

Slow Art Sunday: Amida Buddha (Amitabha) 
Sunday, November 19 | 2 p.m.-3 p.m.
Spencer Museum of Art, Gallery 407, 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 November, get to know Amida Buddha (Amitabha).

Performance: Aspects of Liszt 
Sunday, November 19 | 4 p.m.-5:30 p.m.
Spencer Museum of Art, Gallery 317, Sam and Connie Perkins Central Court, 1301 Mississippi St
Distinguished Emmy-winning author, critic, radio and film producer David Dubal joins KU international concert artist Steven Spooner in an afternoon of piano music from the era of the Spencer Museum’s origins and fascinating commentary on the legendary Franz Liszt. This concert is part of the Museum’s centennial celebration of our collection.

Day After Thanksgiving Program: Magic Marbles 
Friday, November 24 | 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
The National Museum of Toys/Miniatures, 5235 Oak St. Kansas City, MO
It’s a day of marble magic with fun for the entire family. Explore the museum’s special exhibit Playing for Keeps: The VFW Marble Tournaments, 1947-1962, and try your hand at “knuckling down” during a marble lesson. Then, pick out your own marble and turn it into a piece of wearable art to take home with you. Included with museum admission.

Global Film Festival
Thursday, November 30 | 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
Spencer Museum of Art, Rm. 309 1301 Mississippi St
Curated by first-year students, the Global Film Festival features four films exploring ideas in Spencer Museum exhibitions. This film is presented in conjunction with the exhibition Power Clashing: Clothing, Collage, and Contemporary Identities. The film will be announced on the Museum’s website.

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