This program is for students who wish to pursue the study of curation, heritage, and museums (CHM) in conjunction with studies of visual culture. Students will expand on the broad knowledge they gain through the major by means of a variety of historical, theoretical, and practical courses within the domains of curation, museum studies, and critical cultural heritage studies. Students can use the concentration as a launching point toward internships or jobs in museums or cultural heritage institutions or to identify their interests for future graduate study.
Students pursuing the concentration must be HAVC majors and have taken at least one HAVC course from the “Approved Concentration Courses” list before declaring the concentration.
Curation, Heritage, and Museums Concentration Requirements
The HAVC major requires four lower-division and nine upper-division courses including the satisfactory completion of the senior comprehensive requirement. Students must take courses in each of six different cultural/geographic regions to ensure cultural, methodological, and disciplinary breadth.
Thirteen courses, as follows:
- Four lower-division courses (in four of six different cultural/geographic regions, to contribute to the breadth requirement)
- Nine upper-division courses (100A, which fulfills the DC requirement; 190/191, to satisfy the senior exit requirement; and seven electives, two of which cover the remaining two cultural/geographic regions to complete the breadth requirement)
- In fulfilling the major requirements, students in the concentration must successfully complete four courses from the “Approved Concentration Courses” list below. No more than one of the four courses can be lower-division and at least two of the four courses must be HAVC-sponsored courses. If appropriate, concentration courses can be used to fulfill the geographical regions requirement (for instance, HAVC 40 would fulfill a concentration requirement in addition to fulfilling the Europe/US regional requirement; HAVC 178 would fulfill both a concentration requirement and the Oceania regional requirement). Students can petition to apply courses that are not on the approved list of concentration courses. Approval of petitions will be determined by the amount of relevant course content and assignments.