Cultural Studies Program


Museum Studies Concentration

Students working toward a M.A. or Ph.D. in Cultural Studies may choose to complete a concentration in Museum Studies. If you would like to declare or change your concentration, please fill out the Change of Concentration Form and submit it to the Arts and Humanities Student Support Secretary.

The master's and doctoral degrees in Cultural Studies with a concentration in Museum studies gives students the opportunity to participate in multidisciplinary graduate work within the humanities and between the humanities, social sciences, and management.  Students learn about the history and political role of museums, the interpretation and display of a wide variety of cultural productions, and topics of special concern to museums as cultural organizations.  The program emphasizes critical, theoretical, and practice-related developments in the ever-changing field of museums, exhibitions, and sites of public memory.  Students will acquire the knowledge and expertise to meet the challenges confronting arts and cultural organizations today.

Students are trained in both field-based work and text-based work.  This convergence of methods produces a fully engaged analysis of culture.  Outstanding research topics that have recently emerged from CGU's Cultural Studies Department include: Video Art and Documentary Production; Representing the Holocaust in Contemporary Jewish Museums; Sociology of Art; Critical Theories of Space and Geography; Afro-feminism; Asian American Political and Social Movements; Hip-hop Culture, Gender Studies, and Ethnography.

Course Requirements

8 units must be taken as approved seminars in Museum Theory and History.  Students can establish a course of study according to their individual career goals.  They will work closely with faculty advisors to devise a schedule of classes that gives them intellectual depth in at least one of the traditional humanities or social science fields, as well as cultural studies.  Students are encouraged to draw upon our unique M.A. in Arts Management program if they are interested in museums as organizations. 

Students in this concentration may also choose to complete an optional 4-unit internship (approximately 100 hours) in order to obtain first-hand experience in museum work.  The School of Arts and Humanities, in partnership with some of the leading arts, museum and public memory institutions in the Los Angeles area, will assist in matching students' individual career goals with various aspects of museum practice.  Directed internships are designed to foster a unique learning opportunity characteristic of the CGU experience.  For more information about the internship opportunity, please see your advisor and the department handbook.

Additional Requirements for the Ph.D. 

One of three fields for the qualifying exams will be in museum studies.


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