• Home
  • Prospective Students
  • Student Perspectives

Student Perspectives

What drew you to the Museum Studies Program at the University of Kansas?

"The flexibility of the program, as it allows you to craft your degree to fit your needs and career goals." 

– Abby Anderson (2014)
 

"The Museum Studies staff and students were very welcoming when I came for a visit before attending KU, which was wonderful. But I was also really drawn to the program’s multi-faceted course load, which allows students to have their own course of study in their short time here as graduate students."

– Alissa Meehan (2015)
 

"I was drawn to the Museum Studies Program at the University of Kansas because it offered everything I would need to start my career in museums. The courses are beneficial and enlightening. The campus and surrounding area museums offer many opportunities to apply what you have learned, something that was important when deciding to come to KU."

          – Jojo Palko (2015)

 

 

 

 

 


What do you like about the Museum Studies Program at the University of Kansas?

"In class, I enjoy being able to practice what I've learned through hands-on projects such as making tour manuals, conducting visitor research, and putting together actual exhibits. Outside of class, I like how everyone in the program is really close. I've done everything from going dancing with MUSE people to carving pumpkins with them."

          – Jilliene Jaeger (2015)
 

"I feel like both the staff and the students all care about helping one another develop the skills and experience needed to mold you into a strong museum professional. Also, all the students, first and second years, work together to network, exchange experiences, and have plenty of fun doing it."

– Abby Anderson (2014)
 

"I like that our professors are primarily professionals in the field. I feel that we get a very practical knowledge from them that we couldn’t get from someone who isn’t in a museum. Also, I feel like we get a lot of support from staff and faculty for various pursuits. They really want us to succeed, and that makes for a good experience at KU."

– Sarah Adams (2013)
 

"The thing I like most about the Museum Studies Program at the University of Kansas is its flexibility in allowing a variety of courses to fulfill the degree requirements."

          – Erik Radowski (2015)

 

 

 

 


What was your favorite/most memorable experience in this program?

 

"My most memorable experience in this program is the education program at the Watkins Museum we did last December (however my favorite would probably be unexpectedly meeting other MUSE students at a local bar and taking a picture with a curling stone.)"

          – Erik Radowski (2015)
 

"My internships have been great experiences for me. In my internship at the Spencer Museum of Art, I took a trip to New York City where I got to explore some amazing art, for sale and in museums."

– Katie Sparks (2013)
 

"I have made better friends in the short amount of time that I have attended KU than I did during four years of my undergrad. It’s nice to be around people that love museums as much as I do."

– Brittany Thurman (2014)
 

"I love the connections outside of class in MSO. We are able to take what we learn from class to go on field trips to learn more and interact with each other to build relationships."

– Sarah Adams (2013)
 

 


Read the latest MUSE News!

Find out what KU's Museum Studies Program and our alumni are up to:

September 2017 Newsletter
January 2017 Newsletter
 

 

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.

Home to 50+ departments, centers, and programs, the School of the Arts, and the School of Public Affairs and Administration
KU offers courses in 40 languages
No. 1 ranking in city management and urban policy —U.S. News and World Report
One of 34 U.S. public institutions in the prestigious Association of American Universities
44 nationally ranked graduate programs.
—U.S. News & World Report
Top 50 nationwide for size of library collection.
—ALA
23rd nationwide for service to veterans —"Best for Vets," Military Times