Museum Studies

Although there is no stand-alone Major in >Museum Studies, students who wish to explore the ever-evolving techniques of artifact documentation, conservation and display (including new multi-media applications) may choose a specialization in Anthropology and tailor their course selection to include a focus in Museum and Visual Anthropology.

As part of their studies, students interested in focusing in Museum and Visual Anthropology learn about the history of museum collecting, debate the public role of museums, address questions of ownership and repatriation of collections, and explore the complex relationship between museums and the individuals and communities that originally created the objects.

This focus, housed within a Major, Honours or Minor in Anthropology, offers students training in museum principles and methods while also providing them with exciting opportunities to explore human society in all of its dimensions through the innovative research and teaching of the Department of Anthropology.

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Core and related courses

The five core Anthropology courses that support learning with a focus in Museum and Visual Anthropology at the undergraduate level are:

ANTH 241 – Introduction to Museums and Museology
ANTH 341 – Museums, Heritage and Memory
ANTH 431 – Museum Practice and Curatorship
ANTH 451 – Conservation of Organic Materials
ANTH 452 – Conservation of Inorganic Materials

Students are also encouraged to expand their focus in Museum and Visual Anthropology by taking other related courses, such as ANTH 221, 331, 378 and 478. Students are further invited to enrich their studies by taking museum-related courses offered by other departments, such as Asian StudiesClassical, Near Eastern, and Religious StudiesArt History, Visual Art, and Theory; and History. Students should consult with a departmental advisor to select courses that are most appropriate to their interests.

Museum of Anthropology

The Museum of Anthropology forms a unique part of the anthropological experience at UBC, allowing students to gain direct experience of the issues and techniques they discuss in class right on campus. The collections, exhibitions, and collaborative programs sponsored by the Museum also provide Anthropology students with opportunities to participate in ongoing research and educational projects.

If you are already working in the museum community and wish to upgrade your knowledge and skills without entering a formal degree program or becoming a full-time student, you should contact MOA for information about course options.


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Department of Anthropology
Anthropology and Sociology Building
Room 2111
6303 NW Marine Drive
Tel: 604-822-2878

Museum of Anthropology
6393 N.W. Marine Drive
Tel: 604-827-5932

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