This program offers a BA degree and a minor. Students study the collection, preservation, archiving and exhibition of art and historic objects, documents and specimens from material culture, considering not only how museums and historic sites generate knowledge but also how they might partner with diverse communities to enrich our understanding of what it means to be human. Inclusivity and equity is centered in our program and our students benefit from strong partnerships with local Pittsburgh institutions. We prepare students to lead lives of impact in the public cultural sector. To educate critically informed, competent and innovative future professionals, our program interweaves two primary threads: history and practice.
Students gain an informed understanding of institutional histories and contexts, theoretical approaches and ethical considerations. We incorporate project-based collaborative learning, and site and internship-based experiences oriented towards professional development. Past students have gone on to graduate studies in the field and several have secured permanent positions spanning non-profit and commercial galleries, historic sites and museums, in specializations ranging from curatorial and collection management to education, fundraising and development.