Minor in Museum & Exhibition Studies

MUSEUIC's Minor in Museum & Exhibition Studies acts as a laboratory for imaginative, justice-focused approaches to the work of cultural institutions. An interdisciplinary program promoting critical and creative thinking, the MUSE minor supplements College of Art and Design and other majors with classroom-based and onsite experiences with museums, galleries, community centers, and digital spaces.

The minor's three core classes challenge students to consider who uses museums and exhibitions and why, and how cultural sites can vitalize communities with transformative content and programming. Electives allow students to deepen their knowledge within specific museological and exhibition perspectives, such as public history, art curation, museum anthropology, inclusive design, and more. Courses also offer:

  • Intensive seminars and hands-on, site-based learning
  • A comprehensive understanding of the history of exhibition practices, from the museum's traditional forms and functions to contemporary creative and critical interventions
  • Guest lectures by cultural sector professionals and faculty in affiliated areas including anthropology, art, and history
  • Opportunities to meet and shadow museum staff
  • On-campus resources such as the Jane Hull-House Museum and Gallery 400

Degree Requirements

Students who want to minor in Museum and Exhibition Studies (MUSE) must meet the following program requirements:
Minimum hours required: 15
Required courses: AH 180, AH 206, AH 302 (total of 9 hours)
Elective courses: 6 hours, chosen in consultation with a faculty advisor

Contact: Professor Nina Dubin (Director of Undergraduate Studies) at dubin@uic.edu , or Elizabeth Salvi (MUSE Minor Academic Advisor) at esalvi@uic.edu