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Museum Studies Minor

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Bringing the past, present, and future of culture together with a minor in Museum Studies.

Museums are entities devoted to the study, preservation and exhibition of artifacts of historical, artistic and cultural significance. In order to do so, they require a vast range of professionals, such as: administrators, scholars, exhibition curators and designers, curators of collections, archivists, conservators, educators, guides, marketing staff, events coordinators and more, all from diverse backgrounds.

Museum studies is an interdisciplinary minor providing students with a strong background in the preservation and presentation of cultural materials and artifacts, as well as communication, design and management skills. It will prepare graduates for entry-level jobs in museums, cultural organizations, historical sites and for graduate study in the discipline of museum studies or in other fields including art history, children’s educational programming, management of non-profits, electronic and multi-media design.

Undecided or still deciding on a major and future career?

If you are uncertain about your major and have questions about career planning, you are not alone. Choosing a major or career can be a very difficult decision. The exploratory studies program may be a good fit if you are unsure of your major and career focus. Entering the university in the exploratory studies program will help you gain confidence and valuable insights on majors and minors available at SDSU and future career choices. 

In addition, FOCUS 2 Career, a self-guided assessment, education and career planning program, will help you reflect on your values, interests, personality traits and skills to provide valuable insight as you explore major and career choices. SDSU students may access FOCUS 2 Career by using their student email and password. After completing FOCUS 2 Career, you may find it helpful to discuss your results with a career coach in the Office of Career Development.