Western Illinois University - Quad Cities - Academics
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Overview, Mission and Objectives
Overview and MissionThe mission of the Museum Studies Program is to educate students as to the history of museums, the various aspects of museum work to include Administration, Collections Management, Exhibition Development, Education, Community Development, Tourism, and Fundraising. Also, the program strives to acquaint students with the opportunities and problems faced by museums and museum personnel, and to create career opportunities for students who might seek employment in a museum. Emphasis is placed on practicum experiences involving such basic museum functions as exhibition, curatorial research, cataloging, acquisition, community service, education and administration. Teaching methods include lectures, seminars, 'hands on' experience of specific collections, and a supervised negotiated internship placement. As a part of the degree students are encouraged to build a portfolio of project work to support future job applications. The program has close links with a number of important institutions both in the city and the region. Objectives To provide knowledge and training in the various aspects of museum work to include Administration, Collections Management, Exhibition Development, Education, Community Development, Tourism, and Fundraising. To provide an in-depth understanding of approaches to the documentation, interpretation, presentation and preservation of curated materials in museums. To provide practical training relevant to a professional career in the museum and galleries sector. To provide training in how to organize events, build volunteer organizations, and raise money through the community.