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:

  1. Understand the historical, changing uses and meanings of art/cultural objects and collections in museums, particularly with regard to the concept of heritage.
  2. Explain the historical and contemporary issues that face art objects and cultural heritage, including recovery and preservation, and presentation to the public for education, research, and continued practice/use.
  3. Work with primary sources relating to art and cultural heritage focusing on visual analysis, recovery and preservation methods, or archival research.
  4. 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 7 courses (18 credit hours) 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, which must be approved by the faculty director of the minor. 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 official certifier).  Students and their academic advisors should identify and clearly document the courses to be taken.

Summary 

Total Credit Hours Required for the Minor in Museums and Cultural Heritage18

Minor Requirements

Core Requirement
ANTH 341 / HURC 341MUSEUMS AND HERITAGE: EXHIBITING ART, EXHIBITING CULTURE3
Elective Requirements 1
Museums or Preservation
Select 2 from the following:6
ARCHAEOLOGICAL FIELD TECHNIQUES
SEMINAR IN ARCHITECTURE
EXHIBITION DESIGN
DOCUMENTARY PRODUCTION
ADVANCED METHODS IN SOUND, CINEMATOGRAPHY, AND EDITING
COLLECTING ART: PERSPECTIVES OF ARTISTS, PATRONS, AND MUSEUMS
FAKES, FORGERIES, AND STOLEN ART
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
GLOBALIZING MUSEUM HISTORY
DIGITAL HISTORY METHODS
DIACHRONIC MAPPING: THE RICE UNIVERSITY CAMPUS
POLITICS OF REPRESENTATION: HOW WE UNDERSTAND "WAR" AND "THE RACIAL OTHER"
Cultural Heritage
Select 2 from the following:6
INTRODUCTION TO ARCHAEOLOGY
INTRODUCTION TO ARCHAEOLOGICAL SCIENCE
THE ANTHROPOLOGY OF THE HISTORICAL IMAGINATION
AFRICAN PREHISTORY
THE POLITICS OF THE PAST: ARCHAEOLOGY IN SOCIAL CONTEXT
LANDSCAPE ARCHAEOLOGY
EARLY CIVILIZATIONS
HISTORY & THEORY I (INTRO)
HISTORY AND THEORY II - PRE 1890
WRITING ARCHAEOLOGY: INTERPRETING THE PAST FOR THE ACADEMY AND THE PUBLIC
HISTORY THROUGH GERMAN CINEMA
HOLOCAUST MEMORY IN MODERN GERMANY
CINEMAS OF URBAN ALIENATION
PLACE AND MEMORY IN MIDDLE EASTERN AND EUROPEAN CINEMA
HART 454 / ANTH 454
THE ARTIST AS ETHNOGRAPHER - THE ETHNOGRAPHER AS ARTIST
RIO DE JANEIRO: A SOCIAL AND ARCHITECTURAL HISTORY
SPATIAL HUMANITIES
Practicum 2
Select 1 from the following: 33
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 1
ARTS AND CULTURE INTERNSHIP 2
Capstone Symposium 40
Total Credit Hours18

Footnotes and Additional Information 

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.

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. 

For additional information, please see the Museums and Cultural Heritage website: http://hrc.rice.edu/culturalheritage/minor.

Opportunities for the Minor in Museums and Cultural Heritage

Academic Honors

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.