Museum Science (MUSM)


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Courses marked with an asterisk are required for the M.A. in Museum Science degree.



5321.* Museology (3). Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Establishes a historical and theoretical framework for museum science, promotes a global perspective of museums, and acquaints students with the broad-based implications of museum work as a science.

5325. Museum Field Methods (3). Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Problems of collecting museum artifacts, specimens, and samples in the field and methods of handling material before it reaches the museum. Sections will allow work in anthropology, history, paleontology, and vertebrate biology.

5326.* Museum Administration (3). Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Instruction and investigation in aspects of museum management and administration including policies and procedures, personnel management, budget formulation, governance, and interaction with support organizations.

5327.* Museum Collection Management (3). Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Defines the roles of museum collections and focuses on general museum concepts, procedures, and issues related to the management and care of collections. Instruction in art, humanities, and natural science collections.

5328. Museum Practicum (3). Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Individual instruction course of supervised experiences involving hands-on activities in museum administration, collections, education, and exhibitions. Sections will allow work in all areas of the Museum of Texas Tech.

5329. Material Culture (3). Discussion of major trends in historical, psychological, philosophical, anthropological, and art historical literature in terms of their application to the interpretation of the past through its material culture.

5330.* Museum Law, Ethics, and Standards (3). Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Addresses the ethical considerations and legal obligations of museum collections, administration, and operations. Attention given to international concerns as well as to state and national issues.

5331.* Museum Interpretation and Communication (3). Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Investigates the theories and methods of museum exhibitions and interpretation. Includes planning, developing, and evaluating strategies of exhibitions, publications, and interpretive programs.

5332.* Museum Preventive Conservation (3). Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Designed to give future museum workers an awareness of the need for specialized care of artifacts. Introduction of current methods and theories pertaining to museum collection care.

5333.* Museum Education (3). Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Examination of the role of education in museums, with emphasis on the theory and practice of program development, teaching strategies, and off-site resources.

5334. * Curatorial Methodology (3). Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Develop skills for analysis of sources, original research, and scholarly writing within museum context. Students acquire requisite knowledge and skill for professional curatorial practice.

5340.* Museum Collections Documentation (3). Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Instructs students about the history, evolution, and current development in the management and organization of museum collections documentation. Includes hands-on experience to create museum collection documentation database.



6000. Master's Thesis (V1-6).

6001. Museum Internship (V1-6). Internship at an approved museum to include a special project approved by the student's advisory committee. Documentation of project provides practical experience for professional development.



7000. Research (V1-12).


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