About the Program
museum studies program enables students and faculty members to use
their experiences, the ever-growing body of museum literature, and
case studies to explore trends, emerging standards, and new
strategies in the museum field.
When I took my first museum job, we mostly learned by the seat of
our pants, or under the tutelage of a more experienced employee. Now
museum professionals need to know about things like universal
access, shared authority, outcome-based planning, digital tools,
tiered collection management strategies, and co-curation. We need to
understand the threats to non-profit tax exemptions and the pros and
cons of charging admission in addition to traditional, discipline-
These days, museums define their value by how they contribute to
society, rather than by the quality of their collections. Museum
professionals are recognizing there are many points of view, many
lenses through which to understand ideas and care for objects.
Sensitivity to multiple perspectives comes from exposure to ideas
from different disciplines and different types of museums.
After more than two decades of working in and with museums, what I
find most invigorating about the Tufts museum studies program is the
cross-fertilization of ideas that prepares students to make a