Museum & Exhibition Studies

Mekaila Arnold, MUSE 2012 Graduate

The Art History Department of the University of Illinois at Chicago offers a Minor in Museum and Exhibition Studies for Undergraduates and a Master of Arts in Museum and Exhibition Studies—MUSE.

MUSE is an interdisciplinary program with a social justice focus. It emphasizes the evolving social and political contexts of today’s cultural institutions and provides students with the intellectual and professional background necessary to thrive in a multitude of positions, including as curators, gallery directors, museum educators, exhibition developers, and professionals within the emerging spheres of digital information-sharing.

Full-time resident students take five core courses that focus on exhibition-making, collections, writing for exhibitions, strategies for public engagement, and museum genres and histories; complete a supervised internship; participate in four skill-developing workshops; and complete a capstone activity (thesis, project, or two papers) during the two-year program. 

MUSE uses Chicago’s many museums and cultural spaces as classrooms. The Jane Addams Hull-House Museum and Gallery 400 serve as the program’s teaching museums and support in-depth research and practice opportunities.