Curate your career with skills and practical experience. Combined with your USC graduate degree, this certificate prepares you to work in a museum, archive, gallery, library or cultural heritage site.
Learn all aspects of working in a museum, including collections management, exhibition curation and presentation, and solving ethical challenges. By working in museums, archives and collections on campus or in Columbia, you will build proficiency in written and verbal communication, collaboration and leadership.
Take up to four 3-credit-hour courses and a 3- or 6-credit-hour internship. Two classes from your M.A. or Ph.D. work can count for credit.
Study different perspectives from the fields of anthropology, art history, public history, library science and studio art.
Enjoy coursework that provides an overview of administration, collections management and exhibition development.
Use McKissick Museum collections, as well as other on-campus special collections and exhibition spaces, to master hands-on tasks.
What You’ll Study
Build leadership skills, evaluate governance documents, and produce organization management policies in museum administration. Execute the processes necessary for museum registration and collections management. Study theories and principles of exhibition development and interpretation. The program is open to current USC graduate students or those with an advanced degree.
Gain the professional and personal intelligence it takes to have a successful career.
Analyzing and evaluating information to make informed decisions or judgments
Communicating and interacting effectively in a variety of social and professional situations
Identifying, analyzing and resolving problems or challenges using creative and effective strategies
Organizing and overseeing tasks to achieve specific goals
Adapting to changing circumstances and being open to new ideas and approaches
Being accountable for one's actions and decisions and fulfilling obligations and duties
Using your degree
Make your college experience the foundation for a successful future.
- Engagement Coordinator
- Cultural Resource Manager
- Special Collections
- State or National Park Service