Certificate in Museum & Gallery Practices


The Certificate in Museum & Gallery Practices offers HSU students the exciting opportunity to prepare for careers in museums and galleries, and graduate programs in archives and preservation, conservation, museum studies, curatorial studies, and related fields of study. The Certificate Program is interdisciplinary and includes specialized tracks for Anthropology, Art, History and Native American Studies majors. (Please select the above Certificate of Study links to find information about course requirements for each specialized track.)

The core courses for the Museum and Gallery Practices Certificate teach students about the history and development of museums and galleries as well as museological theory. Additionally, students learn how to produce exhibits through hands-on work in the on-campus Goudi’ni Native American Arts and Reese Bullen Galleries. Through ART 356 Museum and Gallery Practices, students learn curatorial strategies, grant-writing, exhibition design, preparation, programming and registration, among other practices.

After completing introductory coursework, students intern with off-campus galleries, museums and non-profit institutions including the Clarke Historical Museum, HSU Natural History Museum, Ink People Center for the Arts, Morris Graves Museum of Art and National Forest Service. In addition to interning at local institutions, students also have the opportunity to complete their internships further afield at nationwide institutions that offer internships. Through hands-on museum and gallery work, students gain a deeper familiarity with the techniques, ethics and practices of gallery and museum institutions.

Many of our graduates have pursued graduate degrees as well as careers in museum and gallery work. They have found employment both locally and nationally at institutions such as the Contemporary Art Center of New Orleans, De Young Memorial Museum, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Morris Graves Museum of Art, Portland Art Museum, Trinidad Museum and San Diego Natural History Museum.


Berit Potter