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Museum Studies

Develop your studies and learn the techniques needed to keep museum collections relevant and audiences engaged.

Museum Studies – Minor

The Museum Studies minor in the Department of History and Philosophy at Montana State gives students an avenue to understand the cultural significance of museums, as well as the role they play in advancing public education and academic research.





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Museum of the Rockies
MSU is home to the Museum of the Rockies, which has one of the largest collections of dinosaur fossils in the world.

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Museum Studies minors will complete an internship in their field of study to accompany their in-class work and get real world experience.

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Interdisciplinary Exploration
From art to history and paleontology, the multi-discipline background of the Museum Studies minor allows students from different majors to obtain a well-rounded education as well as mold the program to benefit their career goals.



Career Resources

Within their first year of graduation, more than 96% of Montana State graduates are employed, continuing their education or not seeking employment, and career guidance website Zippia consistently ranks MSU as the #1 school in the state where alumni are most likely to land jobs.

Career Coaching & Professional Skills Studio

Professional career coaches help students with their career exploration, employer networking opportunities and job or internship searches. They also critique resumes and help students practice job interviews. Additionally, the Allen Yarnell Center for Student Success offers free workshops for students to develop the professional communication and collaboration skills that are highly sought after by employers.



Museum Studies students at Montana State University go into careers such as:

  • Curator
  • Gallery assistant
  • Tour guide
  • Archivist
  • Research assistant

To explore more career possibilities, the Allen Yarnell Center for Student Success has a variety of tools available, including self-assessment and working with career coaches.



Sample Course Plan

For more details on what your full study plan could look like under this minor, consult the official Montana State University course catalog for specific registration and advising information.