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Museum Studies

Museum studies is an interdisciplinary major where art meets business, communication, history, storytelling, and science. The Bachelor of Science in Museum Studies is a professionally oriented program designed to offer the tools to pursue a variety of careers in museums and art galleries from management roles to exhibition design and curator.

Career paths include:

  • Museum or gallery executive director
  • Curator and interpreter
  • Collections manager
  • Exhibition designer
  • Education coordinator
  • Object conservator
  • Art registrar
  • Events coordinator
  • Visitor services and liaison

Get involved
The arts express the life of their community, and Minot is no exception. Gain experience with gallery exhibitions working with contemporary artists from around the globe and behind-the-scenes collection management through coursework and internships at our campus museum and art gallery, the Northwest Arts Center.

Exceptional faculty
Our dedicated faculty from the art department are engaged in this degree with expertise as professional artists, teacher education specialists, art historians, and museum professionals. Additional University faculty have joined this interdisciplinary program, offering opportunities to work with the departments of history, business, chemistry, language arts, and more, creating the best education to match the interests of museum studies majors.

Career outlook
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics, archivists, curators, and museum workers earn a median pay of $53,420 per year. 

On campus

Be inspired . . . earn your museum studies degree

Art department scholarships
The art department has awarded over $50,000 in scholarships in the past decade to art students with an average awardee receiving nearly $1,200. Awards are based on the quality of applications and student portfolios.
University opportunities include Art Club, Flat Tail Press, and NOTSTOCK, our popular arts festival. Find your inspiration in the community through the Taube Museum of Art, Artspace Suite 1 Gallery, or get involved with numerous local art groups.
Art galleries
Galleries are critical classrooms for the art student. The campus boasts three unique galleries, including the Northwest Arts Center, which is nationally known for its diverse exhibitions of contemporary and traditional art. It is also home to an estimable collection of artwork and historical artifacts.
Learning environment
The art department is small enough to foster strong student/instructor mentoring and large enough to attract quality professors who are engaged in outstanding research. Small classes ensure you’ll receive personal attention from your instructors, engage in collaboration with classmates, and maximize your learning experience in our studios, classrooms, and galleries.

Program options (Catalog Links)

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Minot State University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, a regional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

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