If you are interested in a career in museums, the culturals, or related fields the History Department and Art History (in the Visual and Performing Arts department) offer courses designed to help you along that career path. Students have gone on to work for the National Parks and other similar institutions. Students have also pursued post-graduate work in library science and museum studies.
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Students survey of the broad range of career fields and areas of interest in which history can be applied. These include museums, historical societies, archives, historic sites, government agencies, historic preservation, private consulting firms, computer applications, and grant writing as well as others.
The course is designed to encourage students to blend the traditional skills of an historian (the sorting, analyzing, and interpretation of documents) with computer skills. Students completing the course will have worked with primary and secondary documents but will also be familiar with Internet research, web page creation, and a variety of software programs. Students will also have been introduced to archival management and on-line exhibit creation. A substantial portion of the course will be spent in the library working with archival documents. 3 credits. Dr. Payne & Mr. Frank (university archivist)
Students intern in a variety of museums, archives, historical societies, and other non-profits to gain experience outside of the academy. Interns will become familiar with the variety of the uses of history and the role history can play in people’s lives; become aware of history as found in tourism and community development; work in a professional and collegial manner; work in groups and become familiar with non-academic structures and institutions, both for-profit and non-profit; should develop an awareness of the issues facing historians interpreting for the general public; apply historical methodology in new situations and develop new technical skills such as cataloguing and care of artifacts, oral history, and management of historical materials.
ARTH 386: Museum Internship: Educational (3 credits)
The ‘Museum Internship: Educational’ course is designed as a practicum that focuses on involving the student in museum education programs, including a variety of community outreach initiatives and docentry. The internship requires a commitment of 150 hours per semester of enrollment. Attendance is mandatory. Interns are assigned work in aid of the educational staff of the QCA. The final project includes a portfolio of the intern’s work during the semester.
ARTH 388: Museum Internship: Curatorial (3 credits)
The ‘Museum Internship: Curatorial’ course is designed to include exposure to various aspects of museum work including collections, education/docentry and exhibitions. The internship requires a commitment of 150 hours per semester of enrollment. Attendance is mandatory. Interns are assigned work in aid of the curatorial staff of the QCA. The final project includes a portfolio of the intern’s work completed during the semester.