Museum Training Concentration

In addition to providing a foundation in anthropology, the museum training concentration prepares students for research and careers in the scholarly and curatorial aspects of museum work. In addition to the overall requirements for the M.A. program:

  • 12-15 of the student's 36 hours must derive from museum-related courses offered by the Anthropology Department or Museum Studies Program.
  • Of these 12-15 hours, up to 6 may come from internship credits; most Museum Training concentrators arrange for one or more internships at local museums. (For internship procedures, click here).
  • View details of recent museum internships.

Graduate courses with a museum focus include:

ANTH 6200  Museum Anthropology
ANTH 6201  Methods in Museum Anthropology
ANTH 6202  Museums and the Public: Exhibiting Culture
ANTH 6203  Museum Preventive Conservation I
ANTH 6204  Museum Preventive Conservation II
ANTH 6205  Problems in Conservation
ANTH 6230  Internship in Museum Anthropology
ANTH 6291  Topics in Museum Anthropology (new course)
ANTH 6508  Ethics and Cultural Property

Students may also take courses offered by the Museum Studies Program.

Prof. Jeffrey Blomster is the advisor for students in the museum training concentration and coordinator of museum internships. To contact Dr. Blomster, click here.

GW, Smithsonian Expand Partnership

GW students and faculty now have unprecedented access to the world’s largest museum complex under a new memorandum of understanding between the University and the Smithsonian Institution. The agreement expanded longstanding relationships between the Smithsonian and GW’s Departments of Anthropology, Biological Sciences, and American Studies; the Hominid Paleobiology and Museum Studies Programs continue their close work with the Smithsonian.