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Overview of the Program

Museum Studies at Florida State University offers an interdepartmental program leading to a specialized study for graduate students who wish to supplement their academic knowledge with specific expertise and training in the museum field. The program includes students from the arts, humanities, and sciences. The following degree programs are currently active in the program (please note that students from any department are eligible to pursue the specialized study): Art, Arts Administration, Art Education, Art History, Classics, Dance, History, History and Philosophy of Science, Information Studies, Interior Design, Recreation and Leisure Services Administration, Religion, Retail Merchandising and Product Development, and Theatre. Graduates of the program will be qualified to seek employment in science centers, art museums, history museums, historic sites, ethnographic museums, natural history museums, and related institutions. Those who have already obtained a graduate degree may enter the program as a non-degree seeking student. These students should contact both Museum Studies at 850/645-4681 and the FSU Office of Admissions at 850/644-6200 for more information about the application process.

To earn the specialized study, students complete 18 credit-hours divided among two core courses (6 credits), two elective courses (6 credits), and an internship (6 credits). Electives are selected from courses university wide with an emphasis towards the operation functions of museums. Departments participating in the program determine additional requirements, which may involve special assignments, qualifying papers, and projects. Students are required to remain in good academic standing with the university and a minimum grade of B- is necessary for courses to be counted toward fulfillment of the specialized study.

The program enjoys a collaborative relationship with museums in London, Florence and cities throughout Belgium. FSU’s extensive network of international study programs affords additional opportunities for course work and internships.

Students in the program can also benefit from the unique opportunity of studying at the FSU Ringling Center for the Cultural Arts in Sarasota, with its world-renowned fine arts museum, circus collection, historic home, and Asolo Theater. To read more about the Ringling, please see "Rags to Riches and Back: The Rebirth of the Ringling," reprinted from the March/April 2007 issue of Museum News magazine, with permission from the American Association of Museums. [pdf]

Museums located on the Tallahassee campus include the Museum of Fine Arts, the Historic Textile and Clothing Collection, and The Institute on World War II and the Human Experience. These provide a rich training ground for the museum professional of the future.


Artwork provided by the Museum of Fine Arts at FSU