Core Courses

AMST 683 » 
Museums: Theory, History, Practice

Course Description

Course will cover:

  1. Theories and methodologies utilized by scholars associated with the “new museology”
  2. History of Western museums
  3. Range of museums and related institutions
  4. Contemporary issues in museums including the representation of diverse communities and multiple points of view
  5. Issues pertinent to Native peoples in the U.S., Hawai‘i and the Pacific
  6. Overview of museum governance and ethical concerns.
AMST 684 » Museums and Collections

Course Description

Course will cover:

  1. Pragmatics of running a museum with emphasis on the documentation, care, and management of collections
  2. Curatorial research/responsibilities
  3. Exhibition development and design
  4. New technologies and digital preservation
  5. Indigenous curation and preservation issues
  6. Grants/grantwriting
  7. The green museum and sustainability.

Includes on-site visits to museums and lectures/demonstrations by museum professionals and specialists (e.g., registrars, archivists, collections managers, conservators, curators, exhibition designers, and others).

AMST 685 » Museums and Education (cross-listed as EDCS 685)

Course Description

Course will cover:

  1. The museum as an educational institution
  2. Theories of how visitors learn in museums
  3. Museum education and public programming
  4. Working with diverse communities and visitors
  5. Brief history of American museum policy
  6. Assessment of museum programs and policies
  7. Role and function of the American Association of Museums [AAM]
  8. Review of museum studies literature pertaining to the topics above. Includes group and individual visits to local museum sites
AMST 686 » Museum Studies Practicum

Course Description

Applies coursework in Museum Studies to hands-on activities under the direction of practicing professionals and university faculty. Students required to meet with the program director to discuss practicum projects prior to enrolling in course. Generally taken upon completion of all core/elective courses or concurrent with completion of core/elective courses—with exceptions made with approval of program director. Restricted to Museum Studies Certificate Students.

Elective Courses

Listed below are some examples of the courses that may be taken as electives in the Museum Studies Graduate Certificate Program.


Students should select elective classes that will enhance or deepen their particular area of interest in Museum Studies. Please consult with the director of the Museum Studies Graduate Certificate Program before enrolling in an elective class. All elective courses must be approved by the director.

American Studies (AMST)

AMST 457 Museum Interpretations
AMST 625 Material Culture
AMST 635 Public History and Commemoration
AMST 675 Preservation: Theory & Practice
AMST 679 Elements of Style
AMST 681 American Vernacular Traditions


Anthropology (ANTH)

ANTH 608 History and Memory
ANTH 610 The Anthropology of Tourism
ANTH 640C Method & Theory in Archaeology: “Environmental Archaeology”
ANTH 645 Historic Preservation
ANTH 698 Professional Skills Development in Anthropology
ANTH 710 Seminar in Research Methods and Design
ANTH 750 Analysis of Architecture in Archaeology
ANTH 750B Research Seminar: Pacific Island Ethnohistory


Apparel Production Design
and Merchandising (APDM)

APDM 460 Costume Museum Management


Art & Art History

ART 360 Exhibition Design and Gallery Management*
ART 437 Textile Conservation/Research
ART 481 Museum Interpretations
ART 475 Art of the Pacific
ART 479 Art of Hawai‘i

Other Art and/or Art History Courses:  There are many 400-level and above courses that will qualify as elective courses.

*(NOTE: In certain cases, ART 360 class may be taken w/ the stipulation that students will need to do “extra” work to raise this class from a 300-level course to a 400-level course, receive pre- approval from the instructor of the course and the director of Museum Studies, and submit a written petition to Graduate Division requesting graduate credit.)


Curriculum Studies (EDCS)

EDCS 626 Art in Elementary Education
EDCS 637 Art in Secondary Education
EDCS 737 Foundations in Art Education


Educational Technology (ETEC)

ETEC 643 Educational Technology in Informal Learning Environments


Library and Information Science (LIS)*

LIS 619 Preservation Management
LIS 620 Conservation of Library and Archival Materials
LIS 647 Systems Approach to Library Operations
LIS 652 Introduction to Archives Management
LIS 674 Database Design & Creation

*(NOTE: Before students may enroll in LIS courses the student should contact the instructor to ask for approval to take the course.  Once the instructor has given her/his approval, students must contact the graduate director of LIS to ask for permission to enroll in the course and receive a code override.)


Travel Industry Management (TIM)

TIM 420 Principles of Sustainable Tourism
TIM 469G Advanced Tourism Management