• Museum and Curatorial Studies (Minor)

  • Overview

    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 minor requires six 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 vary.

    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.


    Subject AreaSample CoursesCourses
    Introductory CoursesNARH 2200 The Arts and Social Engagement: An Introduction
    NARH 2102 Introduction to Museum Studies
    NARH 3424 Take Care: Introduction to Curatorial Studies and Practice
    LVIS 2010 Exhibitions as History
    Advanced Courses in Visual Culture and History

    LVIS 3010 Contemporary Latin American Art
    LVIS 3013 The Long Queer 1990s
    LVIS 3018 Capitalism and the Crisis of Art
    LVIS 3024 Inventing Abstraction
    LVIS 3045 Postwar Art and Theory
    NARH 2550 End of Art
    NPUB 3000 Public/Art
    NARH 3369 Impressions of Modernity
    NARH 3324 Homosexuality in 20th-Century American Art
    NARH 3465 Warhol_2015
    NPUB 3222 Just Art: Art and Social Justice
    NARH 3729 From Object to Experience: Art of the 1960s and 1970s
    NCST 3104 History of the Photography Book
    NHUM 3107 Spectacle in the Arts
    NARH 3XXX Representation and Disability
    PLAH 3002 The Art of the Document
    PLAH 3004 The Politics of Abstraction
    PLAH 4050 The Art Object Defined
    PLDS 3004 Evidence, Artifacts, Heirlooms
    PLFS 3013 Anthropology of African Dress
    PLVS 3002 Art, Visual Culture, and Tourism
    PLDS 3004 Evidence, Artifacts, and Heirlooms of Otherness
    PLAH 4003 The Bauhaus: Vision and Reality
    PLVS 3699 Visual Culture and the Radical 60s

    Advanced Courses in Museum and Curatorial PracticesLINA 2027 Art and Its Institutions
    LVIS 2012 Environments of Contemporary Art
    LVIS 3021 Architecture Without Architect: Art and the Politics of the Built Environment
    LVIS 3022 New Enclosures: Art, Space, and the Global City 
    LVIS 3047 20th-Century Russian and Soviet Art Across Borders: A Transnational Perspective 
    NARH 3761 History of Collecting—Renaissance to the Present
    NANT 3633 Whose Heritage? Contested Cultural Sites
    NARH 3485 Museum Education
    NMGT 3110 Arts Management
    NMGT 3115 Arts and Cultural Marketing
    NARH 3224 Performance in the Museum
    NARH 3857 Artists as Entrepreneurs
    LVIS 3250 Practicing Curating
    PLAH 4014 History and Theory of Exhibitions
    PLAH 4060 Politics of Display
    PLFS 3040 Fashion and Curation: Curatorial Practice in Contemporary Fashion
    PLAD 4068 Exhibiting Display
    PLAH 4060 Politics of Display
    PLCW 4011 Curating as Social Practice
    PLVS 4000 Art Interventions: City as Site
    PGHT 5000 Curating Design
    PGHT 5005 Curating in the Public Domain

    Learning Outcomes

    A student who has completed this minor should be able to demonstrate:

    • Familiarity with the history of collecting and the origins of museums
    • Awareness of current debates and best practices in the fields
    • An understanding of the significance and relevance of historical material and visual culture for the present day
    • The ability to think, speak, and write critically about exhibitions and displays
    • The ability to conduct historical research on visual and material culture using primary and secondary sources
    • Competency in writing exhibition, grant, and public programming proposals
    • The ability to contribute to the conceptualization, curation, or production of an exhibition, installation, performance, or other curated event


    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 [email protected], Professor Mev Luna (Parsons) at [email protected], or Professor Julia Foulkes (Schools of public Engagement) at [email protected]

    How to Declare or Change a Minor

    General guidelines for declaring a minor are available here. Current students can declare or change a minor by logging in to my.newschool.edu, clicking on the Academics tab, and then clicking on the link to Major/Minor Declarations.

  • Take the Next Step

    Contact your Student Success advisor to discuss how a minor will fit with your degree requirements.

    Declare or change a minor on my.newschool.edu in the Academics tab. Note that some minors require an application.

  • Take The Next Step

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