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Leadership in Museums

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In this sequence students will engage in intensive study and research into topics relating to the governance and management of historic sites, museums and archives including: professional standards, personnel management, ethics, fund-raising and development, financial management, and trusteeship.

They will create a professional portfolio, stay abreast of current issues in the museum field through electronic media, undertake projects that familiarize them with the professional organizations with which they will be involved in the field, and explore venues for professional development.

HIS 5010: Leadership in Museums I: Administration of Historical Organizations

Students engage in intensive study and research into the governance and management of museums, historical sites, and archives. Topics include trusteeship, ethics, financial management, professional standards, accessibility, marketing, disaster planning and current issues in museums.

HIS 5011: Leadership in Museums II: Professional Development

Students will learn what it means to be a leader in today's museum world.  Topics include professional standards relevant to museum formation, administration and management, and envisioning (current trends, planning change, and conflict between the real and the ideal).  Students will create a professional portfolio, explore current issues in the museum field through electronic media, become familiar with professional organizations, and explore venues for professional development.