About Us

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Successful Careers

Since 1972, the University of Delaware’s Museum Studies and Public Engagement Program has introduced students to successful careers in museums, historic sites, and a broad range of agencies and community organizations. Offering both a graduate Certificate and an undergraduate minor, the program blends classroom learning with hands-on projects and internships that develop the technical skills demanded by the field today.

Ensuring Quality in the Future

Our mission is to train students to contribute to museums and other organizations that interpret evidence with and for the broader public. While receiving excellent training in academic disciplines, Museum Studies students also develop their understanding of the ethical frameworks that guide museums and related not-for-profit organizations. They become knowledgeable in administrative, curatorial, and educational practices. Most importantly, they understand the challenges these organizations face in the twenty-first century.

Advancing Community & Collaboration

We train professionals to engage diverse communities in the act of interpreting evidence. And because the future of museums and other organizations committed to this interpretive work lies in collaborative approaches to resource and program management, our students participate in local, regional, national, and international networks of information and idea exchange that enhance their ability to build the networks and partnerships that will preserve and interpret our world for future generations.

Interested in the program?

Our students come from a range of disciplinary backgrounds: History, English, Biology, Geology, Public Policy, Anthropology, and more. If you’d like to join them, fill out the Graduate Student Intake Form or the Undergraduate Student Intake Form, or contact Program Director via museumstudies@udel.edu