Museum Studies at WCSU

With a minor in Museum Studies already in place, the Department of History and Non-Western Cultures at WCSU, in collaboration with Social Sciences, is assessing plans for an expanded program in Museum Studies and Public History.  Museum Studies, an interdisciplinary field featuring theoretical, methodological, and practical courses and fieldwork relevant to careers in museums, historical societies, and archives, is among a growing number of programs that feature applied learning in both the classroom and beyond.  Featuring professors from History and Anthropology, the program will also draw on faculty from Business, Art, Education, and the University Archives.  In addition, there are myriad museum professionals in western Connecticut and the New York area anxious to contribute their expertise to students enrolled in an academic program. WCSU is ideally situated geographically for a Museum Studies Program, surrounded as it is by dozens of active local museums and historical societies, and within sixty miles of New York City’s rich cultural resources. Moreover, the opportunity to provide assistance to Western’s creative writing journal, Poor Yorick, adds additional depth and experience to the program.