Museum Studies Certificate

Museum Studies and Historical Preservation Certificate Program

The Certificate Program In Museum Studies and Historical Preservation, offered through Morgan’s Center for Continuing and Professional Studies (CCPS), affords access to the benefits of the Museum Studies program to non-degree seeking students, including working professionals in the field who seek continuing education opportunities.  Certificates are available in any of the four concentrations available to full-program students (art, administration, education, history).  This certificate program requires students to complete 18 credit hours.  Of these, 6 credits are devoted to core courses, 6 to concentration courses, and the remaining 6 to elective courses.  The courses available to certificate students are as follows:


Core Courses (6 credits; both required)

MUSE 520 - Introduction to Museum Studies (3)

This course will involve a survey of museum and gallery concepts, tracing the origin of these concepts from their known beginnings to the present.  Private, public, formal and informal museums will be the subjects of examination


MUSE 521 - Theories of Museum Studies (3)              

General principles of gallery operation will be studied.  Having considered the care, handling, and conservation and preservation of works of art and artifacts as well as problems of cataloging and budget, the student will plan, design, and mount a special exhibition


Concentration Courses (6 credits; two from any track)


BUAD 521 - Administrative Theory (3)

This course covers administrative theories with special emphasis on Organizational Behavior theory and research, individual behavior, group dynamics, motivation, leadership as well as communication and conflict management


BUAD 625 - Organizational Leadership and Ethics (3)

This course focuses on behavioral and ethical issues in organizations and society. Through various experiential learning techniques, the course will address organizational trust, leadership, collaboration, team problem-solving, decision-making and change management.



ART 509 - African American ART (3)

The student will examine the forces affecting the African American in order to understand the black artist’s motivation and modes.  The work of outstanding artists will be considered and attention will be given to the contemporary search for a black aesthetic


ART 510 - Traditional Arts of Africa (3)

In a vast land where the written record of multi-faceted cultures is at a minimum, the traditional African arts have provided a primary vehicle for the transmission of culture.  Each student will select as a major study the art of a specific tribal and culture group.  The concern for relationships may be continental and/or intercontinental.



HIST 598 - Historiography (3)

Students develop proficiency in the basis of research, examine the issues and controversies of history as an enduring discipline, and become familiar with a representative sampling of established historians and their work.  A major emphasis will be on library usage and research techniques.


HIST 707 - PrinciplEs of Archival Theory (3)

This course will provide a review of archival literature that outlines and defines the basic theories of archival administration and records management. It will also develop concepts for the practical demonstration of archival principles



ALSC 601 - Curriculum Theory and Development (3)

This course presents social, psychological and political foundations of the curriculum; it examines curriculum issues, theories, trends, and the practices followed in planning and developing the curriculum. Recent developments in curriculum such as the Afrocentric curriculum, bilingual education, and various approaches to multicultural education are examined


EDAD 607 - Administration of Public Education Organizations (3)

This course examines the interaction of both external and internal resource constraints upon the administrative decision processes in organizational settings with particular emphasis on educational institutions.


Elective Courses (6 credits; choose two classes from below)

MUSE 524 - Development and Marketing Museums (3)

This course offers students a broad view of the elements related to museum development, marketing, and especially fundraising.  Theories, practices, tools, and methodologies for soliciting individual gifts, sponsorships, grants, and memberships will be covered, as will effective and proven approaches to annual and capital campaigns.  Special focus will be given to matters related to development and fundraising in museums of African American themes, and those of urban material culture


MUSE 525 - Exhibition DEvElOpmEnt (3)

While this course gives an overview of the roles of all museum personnel involved in exhibition development, specific attention will be devoted to the work of exhibition curators, whose primary function is the selection and interpretation of objects.  Administrative skills and requirements, interpretive and socio-political considerations, and legal and ethical issues, will all be covered, as will the unique elements of process involved with the development of exhibitions related to African American and urban art, history, and culture.


MUSE 526 - Collections Management (3)

This course will provide an overview of the wide responsibilities and duties of museum collections management personnel, including the development, implementation, and evaluation of institution-wide policy and procedures for the documentation, storage, handling, and record-keeping of museum collections. Special focus will be given to matters related to managing collections of objects and artifacts of African American and urban material culture


MUSE 600 - Principles of Preventive Conservation (3)

Reviews for students the recognized issues related to housing, maintaining, and exhibiting collections in museums.  Topics covered during the semester will include climate control, facilities management, storage materials, building construction, and pest management.  While some opportunity for hands-on experience with the tools and materials of conservation may be offered, this course most broadly engages the theories of the matter.


MUSE 602 - Governance & Policy in Museums (3)



MUSE 604 - Collections Registration (3)

This course will provide an overview of the general responsibilities and duties of collections registrars, including the development, implementation, and evaluation of policy and procedures for the accessioning and de-accessioning of collection items.  Special focus will be given to registration issues pertaining to collections of African American and urban material culture