Minor in Museums and Cultural Heritage
Program Learning Outcomes for the Minor in Museums and Cultural Heritage
Upon completing the minor in Museums and Cultural Heritage, students will be able to:
- Understand the historical, changing uses and meanings of art/cultural objects and collections in museums, particularly with regard to the concept of heritage.
- Explain the historical and contemporary issues that affect art objects and cultural heritage, including recovery and preservation, and presentation to the public for education, research, and continued practice/use.
- Work with primary sources relating to art and cultural heritage focusing on visual analysis, recovery and preservation methods, or archival research.
- Conduct independent and collaborative research in museums and cultural heritage based in a specific disciplinary methodology and communicate it to a public audience through oral, written, visual, or other practical means.
Requirements for the Minor in Museums and Cultural Heritage
Students pursuing the minor in Museums and Cultural Heritage must complete:
- A minimum of 6 courses (18-21 credit hours, depending on course selection) to satisfy minor requirements.
- A minimum of 3 courses (9 credit hours) taken at the 300-level or above.
- A maximum of 2 courses (6 credit hours) from study abroad or transfer credit. For additional program guidelines regarding transfer credit, see the Policies tab.
The courses listed below satisfy the requirements for this minor. In certain instances, courses not on this official list may be substituted upon approval of the minor’s academic advisor, or where applicable, the Program Director. (Course substitutions must be formally applied and entered into Degree Works by the minor's Official Certifier). Students and their academic advisors should identify and clearly document the courses to be taken.
|Total Credit Hours Required for the Minor in Museums and Cultural Heritage||18-21|
|ANTH 341 / HURC 341||MUSEUMS AND HERITAGE: EXHIBITING ART, EXHIBITING CULTURE||3|
|Elective Requirements 1|
|Museums or Preservation|
|Select 2 courses from the following:||6-7|
|ARCHAEOLOGICAL FIELD TECHNIQUES|
|SEMINAR IN ARCHITECTURE|
|ADVANCED METHODS IN SOUND, CINEMATOGRAPHY, AND EDITING|
|INTRODUCTION TO THE HISTORY OF WESTERN ART I: ANTIQUITY TO GOTHIC|
|SPECIAL TOPICS IN MUSEUM CURATORIAL STUDIES|
|TECHNICAL ART HISTORY: STUDYING THE TECHNIQUES OF WESTERN PAINTING, 13TH-20TH CENTURIES|
|ADVANCED STUDY IN MUSEUMS AND HERITAGE: ARTS OF ANCIENT MEDITERRANEAN AT THE MENIL COLLECTION|
|HART IN THE WORLD FIELD STUDY|
|MUSEUMS IN WORLD HISTORY|
|DIGITAL HISTORY METHODS|
|HISTORY OF AFRICA IN THE MUSEUM|
|DIACHRONIC MAPPING: THE RICE UNIVERSITY CAMPUS|
|POLITICS OF REPRESENTATION: HOW WE UNDERSTAND "WAR" AND "THE RACIAL OTHER"|
|Select 2 courses from the following:||6-8|
|INTRODUCTION TO ARCHAEOLOGY|
|INTRODUCTION TO ARCHAEOLOGICAL SCIENCE|
|THE ANTHROPOLOGY OF THE HISTORICAL IMAGINATION|
|THE POLITICS OF THE PAST: ARCHAEOLOGY IN SOCIAL CONTEXT|
|SPACE, PLACE, AND LANDSCAPE|
|INTRODUCTION TO ARCHITECTURAL THINKING|
|FOUNDATIONS IN THE HISTORY AND THEORY OF ARCHITECTURE I (1450-1850)|
|IMAGINING THE PAST: FILM, FICTION, AND HISTORY|
|HOLOCAUST MEMORY IN MODERN GERMANY|
|A REVOLUTION FROM WITHIN: TRENDS IN CONTEMPORARY CUBAN CULTURE|
|CINEMAS OF URBAN ALIENATION|
|PLACE AND MEMORY IN MIDDLE EASTERN AND EUROPEAN CINEMA|
|RIO DE JANEIRO: A SOCIAL AND ARCHITECTURAL HISTORY|
|SPECIAL TOPICS: SPATIAL HUMANITIES|
|Practicum Requirement 2|
|Select 1 course from the following: 3||3|
|MUSEUM INTERNSHIP I|
|MUSEUM INTERNSHIP II|
|BAYOU BEND UNDERGRADUATE INTERNSHIP I|
|BAYOU BEND UNDERGRADUATE INTERNSHIP II|
|HRC PRACTICUM IN CULTURAL HERITAGE|
|ARTS AND CULTURE INTERNSHIP|
|ARTS AND CULTURE INTERNSHIP 2|
|Capstone Symposium 4||0|
|Total Credit Hours||18-21|
Footnotes and Additional Information
A maximum of 2 courses (6 credit hours) from the same subject code can be counted toward the Elective Requirements for the minor.
One of the following courses must be completed before starting a practicum to provide adequate background knowledge: the Core Requirement: ANTH 341/HURC 341; or one of the following Elective Requirements: ANTH 345, HART 312, or HIST 244.
The practicum will introduce students to the field directly, promoting an engaged and active learning environment while fostering connections in the fields of museum work, cultural heritage, and preservation. All practica should be taken through established courses or independent study at the 300-level or 400-level (for at least 3 credit hours) and must focus on active participation on the part of students in the mission of the project or institution, with meaningful pedagogical or research outcomes for the student; the chief duties of a student in a practicum cannot be clerical. Students who do not complete one of the application-based internships at area museums and cultural institutions listed above (HART 300, HART 301, HART 400, HART 401) will have the following two alternative options for completing this requirement with advisor (or Official Certifier) approval:
Every year, the HRC will host a capstone symposium (not a course), in which students who have completed their coursework for the minor will present their practicum experiences and address what they have learned throughout the minor’s curriculum.
Policies for the Minor in Museums and Cultural Heritage
Program Restrictions and Exclusions
Students pursuing the minor in Museums and Cultural Heritage should be aware of the following program restriction:
As noted in Majors, Minors, and Certificates, i.) students may declare their intent to pursue a minor only after they have first declared a major, and ii.) students may not major and minor in the same subject.
For Rice University’s policy regarding transfer credit, see Transfer Credit. Some departments and programs have additional restrictions on transfer credit. The Office of Academic Advising maintains the university’s official list of transfer credit advisors on their website: https://oaa.rice.edu. Students are encouraged to meet with their academic program’s transfer credit advisor when considering transfer credit possibilities.
Program Transfer Credit Guidelines
Students pursuing the minor in Museums and Cultural Heritage should be aware of the following program-specific transfer credit guidelines:
- No more than 2 courses (6 credit hours) of transfer credit from U.S. or international universities of similar standing may apply toward the minor.
- Requests for transfer credit will be considered by the program director (and/or the program’s official transfer credit advisor) on an individual case-by-case basis.
Distribution Credit Information
DI courses in the Humanities Research Center (HRC) address emergent and interdisciplinary fields of knowledge that typically do not have a home in a traditional department.
These courses introduce non-humanistic students to humanistic methods and areas of study, as well as advance the abilities of humanities majors to make connections among disciplines. HRC DI courses are listed at the 200- to 300-levels due to their non-traditional format, yet are accessible to students at all levels. Future HRC courses that meet above criteria will be considered for DI status, provided they are integral to HRC's ongoing programs.
Our 400-level (and above) courses are highly specialized, capstone, and/or honors courses and do not have DI status.
Instructors initiate DI status requests. DII designations are managed by the faculty in the School of Social Sciences.
Opportunities for the Minor in Museums and Cultural Heritage
The university recognizes academic excellence achieved over an undergraduate’s academic history at Rice. For information on university honors, please see Latin Honors (summa cum laude, magna cum laude, and cum laude) and Distinction in Research and Creative Work. Some departments have department-specific Honors awards or designations.
See https://humanities.rice.edu/student-life for tables of fellowships, prizes, and internships/practica that may be relevant to this minor.