Elective Courses

The following is a small sample list of courses that some of our students have used in the past as electives towards their museum studies certificate.  In Fall and Winter semesters we post a link at the bottom of this page listing classes that will be offered that semester and could potentially count as elective credit.  These also are only some sample courses to give an idea of the range of disciplines that offer courses that may be used as electives; there are many other courses not listed here that can count for elective credit.

If there is a course that a student feels may be an appropriate elective, students are advised to present the course for consideration to the MSP Director by completing the second half of the “Guidelines and Application for MSP Electives” form available on the Museum Studies MBox site.

Examples of Elective Courses
Course Name
AMCULT 433 Made in Detroit: A History of Art and Culture in the Motor City
AMCULT 601 Studies in American Art: Realism and Realities in American Art and Literature
ANTHRARC 497 Museum Anthropology
ANTHRCUL 545 Image-Based Ethnography
ANTHRCUL 558 Current Issues in Sociocultural Anthropology: Material Culture & Materiality
ARCH 603 The Curated University: Exhibiting UM’s Neotechnical Past
CLARCH 534 Ancient Painting
EDUC 717 Interdisciplinary Problem Solving – Law, Development, and Heritage Preservation in India
GERMAN 731 Museums and Memory
HISTART 406 Looking at African Things – Exhibiting Africa: Museum Representation of the Continent and Its People
HISTART 689 Knowledge and Visuality in Early Modern Europe
HISTORY 473 Brazil: History and Culture
HISTORY 637 Archives and Institutions of Social Memory
LAW 470 Intellectual Property Practice
MUSEUMS 401 Ethics in Museums
MUSEUMS 498 Cultures of Collecting: Museums and Literature
MUSMETH 406 Special Problems in Museum Methods
NEAREAST 438 Exhibiting Ancient Egypt: Past Culture in the Modern Museum
SI 519 Intellectual Property and Information Law
SI 580 Understanding Records and Archives
SI 629 Access Systems for Archives
SLAVIC 470 Soviet Visual Culture


Fall 2018 sample elective options