The minor in Museum and Curatorial Studies introduces students to museum and curatorial practices, the concerns underlying them, their historical and theoretical frameworks, and their applications beyond the preservation and display of objects. The curriculum explores works in a wide range of media and their installation both within and outside of museum walls. Students in the minor develop practical and academic skills in visual studies, curation, and cultural policy.
The Museum and Curatorial Studies curriculum includes classes at the New School for Public Engagement, the School of Art and Design History and Theory at Parsons, and Eugene Lang College. The minor is coordinated by the Chair of Arts and Social Engagement at NSPE.
The minor requires 6 courses with a minimum of 18 credits. Two introductory courses introduce students to the field; two advanced courses explore topics in visual culture and history; and two advanced courses look specifically at museums and curatorial practices.
At least one of the introductory courses is offered every semester. Advanced courses come from a list of electives that fluctuate.
Students interested in a minor can simulate a worksheet that accounts for courses already completed and in progress using the "What If" feature in Degree Works.
Course availability may vary from semester to semester. Some courses may be in development and offered at a later time. Students seeking to pursue alternative coursework to fulfill the minor should consult with their advisors.
Minors are available to undergraduate students across The New School except those students at Lang and in the Bachelor's Program for Adults and Transfer Students who are completing a self-designed BA or BS in Liberal Arts, who are not permitted to declare minors. For students at Lang or in the Bachelor's Program for Adults and Transfer Students who are interested in pursuing deeper study of this subject area, opportunities are available through the self-designed major in Liberal Arts. To explore this, contact an academic advisor or read more information about self-designed options for Lang or the Bachelor's Program for Adults and Transfer Students.
A student who has completed this minor should be able to demonstrate:
Students must earn a grade of C or higher in all courses taken for the minor.
For questions regarding this minor's curriculum, including requests for course substitutions, please contact Professor Soyoung Yoon (Lang) at firstname.lastname@example.org, Professor Caroline Dionne (Parsons) at email@example.com, or Professor Val Vinokur (SPE) at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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