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The Certificate in Museum Studies

Course Requirements for the Certificate: 26-28 units

The following courses, or their approved transfer equivalents, are required of all candidates for this certificate.

An overall GPA of 2.5 is required for the entire program.

Museum Core: 12-13 units

Administration

1 course required:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
The principles of museum administration, including staffing, finances, educational programs, and ethics. 3 hours lecture. (000545)

Conservation

1 course selected from:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
Offers practical training in collections management techniques, including registration methods, curatorial practices, and the care, preservation, and conservation of museum specimens. 6 hours activity. (000596)
Prerequisites: Permission of instructor.
This course serves as an introduction to the method and theory of preserving objects for the purposes of exhibit, research, and for posterity. The course is structured in a seminar/laboratory format designed to familiarize students with the chemicals, equipment, and procedures used in treating artifacts. The course covers conservation ethics and guidelines, deterioration processes, and the conservation of organic and inorganic materials. 2 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory. (000598)

Exhibit Design and Interpretation

1 course selected from:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
This course introduces students to all stages of the exhibit planning process, from the initial concept to the final product. Students are introduced to the methodologies and approaches of current museum practices, including industry standards in design and implementation, the importance of visitor studies, and the underlying educational foundation for developing interpretive museum exhibits. 6 hours activity. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. (000619)
Prerequisites: ARTS 122, IDES 231, IDES 251.
This course focuses on lighting design based upon critical awareness of the luminous environment. Lighting fundamentals and applications for various types of interior environments are emphasized. Energy conservation and efficiency are also examined. This course addresses the relationship of interior lighting and color. Students explore the application of color theory to interior design. 2 hours lecture, 2 hours activity. (000768)
Prerequisites: IDES 231, IDES 251, IDES 372 or faculty permission.
This course focuses on interior building systems in relation to human sensory reactions, psychological factors, health, safety, and comfort. Building codes relating to building systems are addressed. The vocabulary and concepts of environmental technologies related to interior design are examined. 2 hours lecture, 2 hours activity. (020730)
Prerequisites: Upper-division standing, a basic oral communication course such as CMST 131, or faculty permission.
Theory and application of environmental interpretation services to visitors in natural and cultural resource settings. Communication of environmental information to general public via audio-visual presentations, conducted trips, exhibits, nature trails, publications, and visitor centers. 3 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory. (008840)

Exhibit Installation

1 course required:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
This course focuses on the creation of an actual museum exhibit for the annual spring Museum of Anthropology student-created exhibition. Students are required to undertake all phases of the research and design process and final installation. 6 hours activity. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. (000621)

Breadth Courses: 11-12 units

4 courses selected from:

Select four courses from three of the following four clusters, choosing no more than two courses from a single cluster.

Graphic Communications

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
Foundation studies in the elements and principles of art and design as applied to 2D media. Includes critical thinking and conceptual development, materials and methods, and additive and subtractive color theories and applications. 6 hours activity. This course requires the use of a laptop computer and appropriate software. (000720)
Foundation studies in the elements and principles of art and design as applied to 3D media. Includes critical thinking and conceptual development leading to design and construction, materials and methods, and use of color. 6 hours activity. This course requires the use of a laptop computer and appropriate software. (000721)
Visual communication is explored through images which audiences view. Includes graphic design methodology, layout, typography, symbolism, and grid systems developed from thumbnail through comprehensive. For non-Graphic Design majors only. 1 hour lecture, 3 hours laboratory. (001643)
An introduction to computer graphics utilizing both PC and Macintosh platforms. Applications for print, video, and training are stressed. 2 hours discussion, 2 hours activity. (001665)
Students acquire a qualitative understanding of how various information and communication technologies work, the social needs that drive technology developments, and the future impact of new information technologies on work and society. This course is required for all majors in the Department of Communication Design. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. (001659)
Prerequisites: JOUR 260; JOUR 244 and JOUR 341 for public relations option; JOUR 321 for news-editorial option.
Instruction in persuasive writing, design, and production of public relations publications via desktop publishing. Publications include fliers, institutional advertisements, brochures, and newsletters that are produced to promote the views, products, or services of organizations or companies. 2 hours discussion, 2 hours activity. (005352)

Public Relations

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
Prerequisites: Sophomore standing; concurrent enrollment in or prior completion of JOUR 260 for Journalism majors.
This course is also offered as POLS 244 .
A survey of public relations: problems and issues, organization and operations, skills and techniques, careers and opportunities. 3 hours lecture. (001995)
Nature and functions of marketing systems and marketing in the individual firm. Study of the marketing mix, marketing institutions, and the environments in which marketing decisions are made. 3 hours lecture. (005872)
Prerequisites: Successful completion of computer literacy requirement, RECR 371.
Application of promotion knowledge as it relates to leisure services through the development of promotional materials for recreation programs, organizations, and events. Creation of program, organization, and business promotional strategies, including message design, promotion creation, budgeting, and promotion evaluation. Design related software such as Photoshop, InDesign, and Dreamweaver to create meaningful print and electronic promotions for leisure services. 2 hours lecture, 2 hours activity. (008832)

Museum Finances and Operations

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
Introductory study of the information system that measures, records, and communicates the economic activity of an entity, in monetary terms, to stakeholders outside of the organization. The study of assets, liabilities, owners' equity, revenues, expenses, gains, and losses as they relate to the preparation of financial statements communicating an entity's financial position, results of operations, and cash flows. 3 hours discussion. (000077)
Prerequisites: ACCT 321.
Concepts, principles, and problems of fund accounting for government and non-profit organizations. The design of accounting systems for hospitals, educational institutions, and community organizations. Emphasis is on the role of accounting in making decisions in government and non-profit organizations. 3 hours lecture. (000088)
Knowledge and skill development in writing grant proposals for health and community services. Skills in researching government, foundation, and corporate funding opportunities. Diversifying nonprofit income through other fundraising strategies. 3 hours seminar. (001618)
Using a combination of theory and application, this course focuses on the human side of organizations, including issues of 1) making good decisions, 2) enhancing performance, 3) steering through a turbulent global environment, 4) combining and unifying multiple business functions and 5) enabling change. Students gain an understanding of management and how and why organizations are structured. The themes of quality, technology, ethics, and adaptation are emphasized. 3 hours lecture. (005704)
Prerequisites: ENGL 130 or JOUR 130 (or equivalent) with a grade of C- or higher, successful completion of computer literacy requirement, RECR 200, RECR 301; one course chosen from RECR 220, RECR 240, RECR 250, or RECR 260; senior standing.
Management of parks and/or recreation operations and agencies. Legalities, policies, practices, procedures, principles, and theory related to planning, organizing, staffing, training, motivating, controlling, evaluating, financing, and managing resources in parks, recreation, and leisure services. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved Writing Proficiency course; a grade of C- or better certifies writing proficiency for majors. (008838)
Prerequisites: RECR 200; one course chosen from RECR 220, RECR 240, RECR 250, or RECR 260; successful completion of computer literacy requirement; or faculty permission.
Management approaches to budget and finance in recreation and park agencies and businesses; budget preparations, forecasting, accounting techniques, and capital acquisition. Review of revenue options, capital funding, and revenue sources included. 2 hours discussion, 2 hours activity. (008829)

Data Collection

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
Prerequisites: ANTH 303 or permission of instructor.
This course presents theories and methods of ethnography as well as the ethics of ethnographic fieldwork. Students conduct supervised ethnographic research and present their results both orally and in written format. 6 hours activity. (000610)
Introduction to archival research and source materials. Practical experience in locating, interpreting, and using the various kinds of primary documents that form the raw material of the historian's craft. 3 hours seminar. (004707)
Prerequisites: RECR 200; one course chosen from RECR 220, RECR 240, RECR 250, or RECR 260; successful completion of computer literacy requirement. Open to Recreation majors only.
Applications of science in recreation and parks management, including needs assessment and evaluation methods. Interpretation of research literature. Use of computers for data management and analysis. 3 hours lecture. (008817)

Internship: 3 units

1 course selected from:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
Prerequisites: Faculty permission.
This internship is offered in the area of museum studies. Work experience in the community or region is designed for each student. A maximum of 6 units of internship may be counted toward the major. 15 hours supervision. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 15.0 units. Credit/no credit grading. (020237)
This course is an internship offered for 1.0-3.0 units. You must register directly with a supervising faculty member. Supervised, out-of-classroom art-related work experience within the University (as in galleries and the slide room), and in connection with community programs and businesses (as in museums, galleries, art centers, etc.). Open to art majors and minors at junior and senior levels with a minimum GPA of 2.0 or to graduates with a minimum GPA of 3.0. 3 hours supervision. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 15.0 units. (000870)
Prerequisites: Faculty permission.
This course is an internship offered for 1.0-3.0 units. You must register directly with a supervising faculty member. Internships in history: either assisting instructors in lower-division courses or preparing multimedia presentations or discussion meetings; or work experience outside the academic program, in government agencies or in private historical societies, museums, and archives. 9 hours supervision. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 15.0 units. (004674)
Prerequisites: MGMT 304 and faculty permission.
Students must register directly with a supervising faculty member. For students who wish to gain practical work experience with participating organizations, this course enables students to apply human resource management coursework in an organizational setting. See internship advisor for eligiblity requirements, performance requirements, assignments, and methods of evaluation prior to undertaking the internship. For programs offered by the Department of Management, this course may be applied only once for 3 units. 9 hours supervision. Credit/no credit grading. (020576)

Note: The selected internship course must be taken for 3 units.

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