How can a museum studies minor enrich your life and lead to a career?

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Program Director
Daniel Kroupa

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A museum studies minor requires 18 credits, which when completed in conjunction with a relevant academic major, will prepare you to for entry-level positions in museums and related cultural institutions. You may also decide to pursue a graduate program in museum studies or a related field. This includes a wide range of types of museums: art museums, natural history museums, museums of science and technology, history museums, planetariums, botanical gardens and zoos.

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Museum Career Resources

Virtual Museum Resources

Where can I find great museums in the metro-Detroit area?

Detroit Institute of Arts
Motown Historical Museum
Cranbrook Institute of Science
Detroit Historical Museum
Birmingham Museum
The Henry Ford
Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit
Edsel & Eleanor Ford House
Holocaust Memorial Center
Ford Piquette Avenue Plant
Michigan Military Technical and Historical Society
Michigan Science Center
Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History
Arab American National Museum

Recent Events

Group shot of students enrolled in the course Museum Education and Interpretation after volunteering at Cranbrook Institute of Science
Collage of students enrolled in Museum Education and Interpretation interacting with visitors at science activity tables throughout the Cranbrook Institute of Science
Students enrolled in the class Museum Education and Interpretation served as volunteer educators at Cranbrook Institute of Science on Nov. 19, 2022. Each student got to interact with visitors at science activity tables throughout the museum.
group shot of students and alumni inside the Hamtramck Historical Museum

Several history majors and museum studies minors helped archive donated historical items for the Hamtramck Historical Museum. Students were joined by Lecturer of History and the Director of Museum Studies Daniel Kroupa for a fun and worthwhile experience.

faculty and students inside the Hamtramck Historical Museum

Students and alumni helped archive donated historical items for the Hamtramck Historical Museum.

Make it a minor!

Justin Koch
Justin Koch '21,
history major, museum studies minor

Catherine A. Caraher History Prize award recipient,
2021 College of Liberal Arts & Education

“History has always been something I had a deep interest for throughout my life, whether it be through books, movies, or even video games. However, the reason I have decided to pursue a history major is because I look at what has been happening in our country recently and I notice that a great deal of people seem to have forgotten the past, or even refuse to acknowledge it. I feel if I can be one more person who can help educate people about the past and why it is important to learn from our previous mistakes, then we just might be a little better off in the long run.”  

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