Museum Studies

The Museum Studies program is an interdisciplinary program designed to provide students academic training in essential aspects of museology, bringing together a unique consortium of UNM Museums, courses, laboratories, researchers, museum professionals, and educators in a statewide and national network to train qualified students for teaching, research, curation, and public service in museum contexts.

The undergraduate minor in Museum Studies provides UNM students with an academic foundation and practical training in the fundamentals of museology. The minor is designed to complement majors in the fields of anthropology, biology and environmental sciences, history, art and art history, and education. It is a good fit for any student interested in the role museums play in society or a potential museum career. The program emphasizes mentoring and applied learning through a combination of academic instruction, supervised internships, and participation in professional work settings. Additional emphasis is placed on collection care, management, and preservation. 

The curriculum equips students with a range of museum skills and enables them to tailor learning to their career objectives, designed to prepare students for a variety of museum and museum-related occupations, including collections managers, registrars, museum educators, exhibit developers, and administrators. The Museum Studies program also is valuable to students who wish to become outdoor educators, interpreters, or naturalists.

The Museum Studies program is supported by UNM's five museums: Harwood Museum of Art, Maxwell Museum of Anthropology, Meteorite Museum, Museum of Southwestern Biology, and the UNM Art Museum. 

Undergraduate Program

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Programs of Study


  • Museum Studies
Certificates Available: 
  • Undergraduate Certificate in Museum Studies

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