Museum Studies

Program Courses

To earn the Museum Studies certificate, students must complete the three Core courses. "The Exhibit" course is optional and geared more to professionals at smaller institutions who need specific exhibit design know-how.

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Professional Development Programs

Museum Studies
MUSEUM 370-DL Museum Origins and Issues *Core Course

 

ONLINE: This course explores the diverse origins of the major types of museums, and contemporary issues and ethical challenges facing those museums today. How the primary public mission is established and interpreted and an overview of museum organization is included. Planning for exhibitions, community inclusion, and diversity are also addressed. Students are encouraged to make weekly field trips, visiting subject-appropriate museum sites in their own area and reporting back to the class. Students will also participate in discussion boards on the assigned topics and research the origins and mission of a museum in their locality.


Additional Information:

This course is offered every academic quarter.


Course Materials:


Riches, Rivals and Radicals: 100 Years of Museums in America. Schwarzer, Marjorie. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers/American Association of Museums, 2006. ISBN-10: 1-933-25305-3 | ISBN-13: 978-1-933-25305-3

 

Museums in Motion: An Introduction to the History and Functions of Museums, Third Edition. Alexander, Edward P., Mary Alexander, and Juilee Decker. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2017. ISBN-13: 978-1-4422-7880-6

 

Students may purchase an electronic version of the course books, if available. Additional course materials will be provided via the online course site.

 


Tuition:
$1175

Summer 2017 Sec #50 (370-DL)


Schedule Notes:

There is no live/real-time component to this class. Students participate in all aspects of the learning experience, within each week, around their own life/work schedules.


Course Materials:

Riches, Rivals and Radicals: 100 Years of Museums in America. Schwarzer, Marjorie. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers/American Alliance of Museums, 2006. ISBN-10: 1-933-25305-3 | ISBN-13: 978-1-933-25305-3

 

Museums in Motion: An Introduction to the History and Functions of Museums, Third Edition. Alexander, Edward, Mary Alexander, and Juilee Decker. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2017. ISBN-13: 978-1-4422-7880-6

 

Additional course materials will be provided via the online course site.

Start/End Dates Course Sync Time Building
06/19/17 - 08/21/17 Asynch
Instructor Course Format Status CAESAR Course ID
Online Closed 41478
Fall 2017 Sec #50 (370-DL)
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Schedule Notes:

There is no live/real-time component to this class. Students participate in all aspects of the learning experience, within each week, around their own life/work schedules.


Course Materials:

Riches, Rivals and Radicals: 100 Years of Museums in America. Schwarzer, Marjorie. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers/American Alliance of Museums, 2006. ISBN-10: 1-933-25305-3 | ISBN-13: 978-1-933-25305-3

Museums in Motion: An Introduction to the History and Functions of Museums, Third Edition. Alexander, Edward, Mary Alexander, and Juilee Decker. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2017. ISBN-13: 978-1-4422-7880-6

Additional course materials will be provided via the online course site.

Start/End Dates Course Sync Time Building
09/25/17 - 11/27/17 Asynch
Instructor Course Format Status CAESAR Course ID
Online Open 18152
MUSEUM 371-DL Successful Museum Management *Core Course

This interactive course explores the organization, governance and management of museums, with a focus on real-world problem solving. We consider the role of the board, the museum president, staff and volunteers. Topics include strategic planning, organizational structure and development, fundraising, marketing, collections management, exhibit development and design, evaluation and museum finances. Students, instructor and guest museum lecturers together critically examine current issues in the museum world, such as technological impacts, funding strategies, relevance to new audiences, virtual museums and economic impacts.

 

With guidance from museum professionals, students take on real projects at real museums. Past projects have ranged from marketing plans to volunteer recruitment strategies to exhibit development to retail planning. For this on-line session, students are encouraged to participate in a live weekly webinar with the instructor, guest museum experts and fellow students. This session will be Tuesdays, 6-8 p.m. central daylight time. Those who can’t join live will access the webinar recording. We will offer a few weekend and evening field trips for those in the Chicago area, which will be made available via video for all students. The instructor offers live online “office hours” to answer questions and help students keep up with the brisk pace of this interactive course and its practical applications. Get ready to have fun, network with museum professionals, and either advance your museum career or explore whether a museum career is right for you.


Additional Information:

This course is offered during the Fall and Spring quarters.


Tuition:
$1175

Fall 2017 Sec #50 (371-DL)
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Course Materials:

Course materials will be provided via the online course site.

Start/End Dates Course Sync Time Building
09/26/17 - 11/28/17 Optional Sync Tu
Instructor Course Format Status CAESAR Course ID
Online Open 18153
MUSEUM 372-DL Learning and Museums *Core Course

ONLINE: This course studies current theories and practices of education and learning in museums and examines the principal activities in planning and implementing educational experiences for museum visitors. Included are consideration of the role of museum educators and the principles of informal learning. Strategies to assess learning interests for potential audiences and to include technology in museum learning are presented. All types of educational opportunities and experiences offered by museums are examined and evaluated. Students will analyze the learning opportunities and experiences offered by a museum of their choice in their own area, in addition to participating in weekly online discussion boards.


Additional Information:

This course is offered every academic quarter. 


Course Materials:

 

The Museum Experience Revisited, Second Edition. Falk, John H., and Lynn D. Dierking. New York: Routledge, 2013. ISBN-10: 1-611-32045-3 | ISBN-13: 978-1-611-32045-9

 

In Principle, In Practice: Museums as Learning Institutions. Falk, John H., Lynn D. Dierking, and Susan Foutz, eds. Lanham: AltaMira Press, 2007. ISBN-10: 0-759-10977-X | ISBN-13: 978-0-759-10977-3

 

Students may purchase an electronic version of the course books, if available. Additional course materials will be provided via the online course site.


Tuition:
$1175

Summer 2017 Sec #50 (372-DL)


Schedule Notes:

There is no live/real-time component to this class. Students participate in all aspects of the learning experience, within each week, around their own life/work schedules.


Course Materials:

The Museum Experience Revisited, Second Edition. Falk, John H., and Lynn D. Dierking. New York: Routledge, 2013. ISBN-10: 1-611-32045-3 | ISBN-13: 978-1-611-32045-9

 

In Principle, In Practice: Museums as Learning Institutions. Falk, John H., Lynn D. Dierking, and Susan Foutz, eds. Lanham: AltaMira Press, 2007. ISBN-10: 0-759-10977-X | ISBN-13: 978-0-759-10977-3

 

Additional course materials will be provided via the online course site.

Start/End Dates Course Sync Time Building
06/21/17 - 08/23/17 Asynch
Instructor Course Format Status CAESAR Course ID
Online Closed 41513
Fall 2017 Sec #50 (372-DL)
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Schedule Notes:

There is no live/real-time component to this class. Students participate in all aspects of the learning experience, within each week, around their own life/work schedules.


Course Materials:

The Museum Experience Revisited, Second Edition. Falk, John H., and Lynn D. Dierking. New York: Routledge, 2013. ISBN-10: 1-611-32045-3 | ISBN-13: 978-1-611-32045-9

In Principle, In Practice: Museums as Learning Institutions. Falk, John H., Lynn D. Dierking, and Susan Foutz, eds. Lanham: AltaMira Press, 2007. ISBN-10: 0-759-10977-X | ISBN-13: 978-0-759-10977-3

Additional course materials will be provided via the online course site.

Start/End Dates Course Sync Time Building
09/27/17 - 11/29/17 Asynch
Instructor Course Format Status CAESAR Course ID
Online Open 18154
MUSEUM 373-0 The Exhibit: From Concept to Opening and Beyond *Elective

This two-day symposium presents an in-depth study of the components that make a successful museum exhibit, whether permanent or temporary. Topics covered will include: concept, research, conservation, publications, design, lighting, budget, loans, advertising, sponsorship, education, and visitor satisfaction. The symposium includes specialist speakers from the fields of Lighting, Design, and Community Relations. There is also a field-trip for the group to observe and share the experience of design and exhibit interpretation at one of Chicago’s tiniest museums.


This course may be taken as a supplement to Northwestern University's Museum Studies Certificate Program or as a stand-alone experience for museum professionals and those who are interested in furthering their knowledge of the exhibit process.


Additional Information:

This course is offered during the Summer quarter.

Note: tuition for the upcoming 2017-18 academic year will be $675.


Tuition:
$659

Summer 2017 Sec #46
Start/End Dates Course Sync Time Building
07/14/17 - 07/15/17 FSa 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Wieboldt Hall, 339 E Chicago Avenue Room 701
Instructor Course Format Status CAESAR Course ID
Chicago Campus Closed 41534