Museum Studies Minor

Office: E312 Thompson Hall

(716) 673-3878

Dr. Nancy Hagedorn, Coordinator



The Museum Studies minor provides an interdisciplinary introduction to the field of museum work. The minor will prepare students for graduate work in museum studies and for professional careers in history, art, anthropological, or science/natural history museums.

A minor in Museum Studies will uniquely qualify Fredonia students for this ever-expanding discipline, which includes positions in historic preservation, conservation, graphic design, public relations, social media, grant writing, curatorship, and other fields. The minor is congruent with majors in various areas, including Art History, History, Visual Arts & New Media, Natural Sciences (Geosciences, Biology, Physics, Chemistry), American Studies, and Communication, among others.  The minor in combination with an education major will help prepare students to enter the rapidly growing field of Museum Education. Moreover, the minor provides opportunities for service learning through internships and the capstone and provides benefits to understaffed local cultural institutions.

Minor Requirements

Required: 21 credit hours from the following.  Students declaring a Museum Studies minor may use past courses retroactively after consultation with the coordinator.

Some courses require prerequisites.  Click on any hyperlinked course for additional information. 

Required Courses:

INDS 202Introduction to Museum Studies


INDS 302Special Topics: Museum Studies


INDS 494Museum Studies Capstone


INDS 495Museum Studies Portfolio Completion


Total Credit Hours:9


to be chosen from History, Art History, Geosciences, Biology, Physics, Communication, American Studies, and other relevant disciplines, in consultation with the coordinator. No more than 6 of the 12 credit hours may be in one discipline, and at least 6 credit hours must be at the 300 level or above.

Total Credit Hours:12


A museum internship or practicum for 1-3 credit hours.  A 3-credit-hour internship may substitute for one of the elective courses. Possible internships include but are not limited to:

ARTH 499Internship


HIST 490Public History Internship


GEO 445Geosciences Internship


BIOL 450Modern Concepts in Biology


SCI 491Special Topics in Interdisciplinary Science


Total Credit Hours:1-3

Total Credit Hours: 21