The Heritage Management Track emphasizes extensive investigation in the field of heritage management. Graduates from the Museum Science Program's Heritage Management Track are prepared to enhance local, regional, and national sociological and scientific values, encourage preservation and stewardship of cultural and natural heritage, advocate public service, and direct educational programs designed to derive maximum advantage from innovative technology without the loss of cultural identity and biodiversity. The track is configured to allow individual students to emphasize areas of special interests such as heritage administration, conservation, interpretation, education, and utilization (ecotourism). The track offers both theoretical and practical coursework designed to prepare graduates to be leaders in the heritage management field.
The Heritage Management Track uses a variety of existing courses offered by various departments within the University to address individual educational and career goals. All students must develop competency in the core courses taught by selected members of the graduate faculty. (Competency is construed to mean an understanding of professional practices.)
A student majoring in the Museum Science Program with a Heritage Management track must take at least 12 hours from the Heritage Management core curriculum, a minimum of 15 hours prescribed elective courses, 12 of elective graduate-level courses, plus 6 hours of thesis or internship. Required core courses for the track are MUSM 5327, MUSM 5331, HMGT 5324, and HMGT 5327. (Internships are to be at locations approved by the student's Advisory Committee.) A total of 45 credit hours of graduate-level work is required for graduation. In addition, each student must pass a qualifying exam prior to beginning either the internship or thesis, and pass comprehensive written and oral exams at the conclusion of his or her studies. Students pursuing the thesis option must write and defend his or her thesis. The Museum Science Program is administered by the Executive Director of the Museum.
Following the first 9 credit hours of graduate study, each student's curriculum will be formalized through consultation with a graduate faculty advisory committee, consisting of at least three members, which reflects the student's area of emphasis. This degree plan will be approved by the Museum Science Program coordinator and the Executive Director of the Museum and will then be submitted to the Graduate School. When approved, it will serve as a tool for advising and review to assure completion of degree requirements.
HERITAGE MANAGEMENT IS IMPORTANT BECAUSE:
HERITAGE MANAGEMENT OFFERS:
THE OBJECTIVE OF THE HERITAGE MANAGEMENT TRACK IS TO PREPARE STUDENTS TO BECOME PROFESSIONALS IN HERITAGE MANAGEMENT. THE STUDENT WILL BE EQUIPPED TO:
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