Program at a glance

How much does it cost? 

Learn more about how to afford a degree from the University of Nevada, Reno.

How long does it take?

This minor is designed to be completed with any major in four years.

How do I apply?

Open to all undergraduate students. Applicants must have a high-school diploma or GED. Learn how to apply.

What will I learn in a museum studies minor?

Required courses

The interdisciplinary program in museum studies offers students an opportunity to explore the expanding field of museum work and museum research. The museum studies minor is designed to provide an introduction to the field, exposure to some of the skills and techniques required of a career museologist, and an initial apprenticeship experience in a museum setting.

The course work for the minor includes a required course in museum studies, including the history and philosophy or museums and an introduction to museum management and planning. The minor offers specialized museum courses for anthropologistis and historians, and well as a wide range of electives, ranging from art to biology to geology, to provide expertise and exposure to different kinds of museums. You may also choose to concentrate your elecetives in one of three emphases: history, science or art. 

Internship experience

The museum studies minor culminates in an apprenticeship specialized for anthropologists, historians or artists. Depending on the type of internships, you may work on curating exhibits, managing physical or digital archives, or day-to-day operations of a museum or art studio. You'll have a chance to apply the knowledge you gain in the museum studies minor to the business and management issues museums employees deal with in a professional setting. 

Careers with a minor in museum studies

Students contemplating a career in the museum field, or in a discipline such as anthropology, art, biology, geology, history, historic preservation, textiles and clothing, or in federal or state agency service, will find the minor particularly useful.

You can afford the University of Nevada, Reno

76% of students receive financial aid

Almost everyone is eligible to receive financial aid. If you think your family’s income is too high to qualify for financial aid, you might be surprised.

54% of all students graduate with no debt

That's right. More than half of our students leave the University of Nevada, Reno with no student debt.

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