Museum Studies (AA, BA)

USF’s Museum Studies program works in partnership with the Fort Wayne Museum of Art, meaning you’ll develop the knowledge, skills, and experience needed to succeed in today’s museum world.

As a Museum Studies major, you will:

  • Develop a deep understanding of how museums operate
  • Work directly with professionals from the Fort Wayne Museum of Art and other local museums and galleries
  • Learn from faculty experts, who will also mentor and guide you
  • Be part of a creative and collaborative community of student and faculty artists in the School of Creative Arts

Do What You Love

USF’s Museum Studies professional training curriculum blends liberal arts and specialized courses with hands-on experience. Courses like Curation, Registrar and Collection Management, Museum Marketing, Exhibition Design, Museum Education, and others allow you to explore opportunities in the field, as well as to build expertise.

Personalize your Degree

As a Museum Studies major, you can focus on a specialized area of museum operations:

  • Registrar
  • Education and Outreach
  • Curation

Many students double major in Studio Art, Art History or other related fields, giving them the opportunity to tailor the degree to their interests and career goals

Academic Plan

An academic plan is a general blueprint showing how one might complete the degree, semester by semester.

Student and artwork

Be Active

Best of all, your classes incorporate project-based learning, meaning you won’t be sitting in a stuffy lecture hall. Instead, you will be taught by museum professionals and work on real projects for local museums and galleries.

Real Experience

You will have ample opportunity to learn from museum professionals through internships at Fort Wayne Museum of Art and other sites, as well as through advanced internships at national galleries and museums.

See Art in the World

Museum Studies majors also participate in European study abroad and travel courses.

Working at a museum — of any kind — is stimulating, challenging, and highly gratifying on a number of levels. I feel like I learn something new every day and I feel blessed to be able to put that knowledge to work engaging our community through art.

Charles. A. Shepard III
President and CEO, Fort Wayne Museum of Art

Career Outlook & Success


Median salary for curators, archivists and museum workers per the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics


Expected job growth for curators, archivists and museum workers

Career Success

Graduates of USF’s Museum Studies program go onto to graduate school or launch careers in museums and galleries as

  • Curatorial Assistants
  • Publicists
  • Educators
  • Exhibition Design and Installation Assistants
  • Archivists, and more

Ready to start?

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Program Director

Elizabeth Kuebler-Wolf, Ph.D.
260-399-7700 ext. 8009