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Drew University Creates NYC Semester on Museums and Cultural Management

Joins six other unique NYC Semesters

May 2020 – As Drew continues to make plans for the shape of the fall semester, the University looks ahead to spring and announces its latest NYC Semester program, the Semester on Museums and Cultural Management.

Students will visit world-renowned museums like the American Museum of Natural History, the Guggenheim, the 9/11 Memorial Museum and the National Museum of the American Indian as part of the course designed to investigate the many facets—and professional pathways—of museums.

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The American Museum of Natural History is one of many museums students will visit as part of the course.

The Launch-guided program will be offered every other spring semester, starting in 2021, and will meet twice a week, once on campus and once in NYC. Throughout, students interested in anything from art history to anthropology to business will build their résumés—and their networks—on their paths to life and career success.

Annabel Winchell C’20 and Jessica Corujo C’20 both took the spring 2019 course Museum Studies and Cultural Management Practicum, which served as the precursor to the new NYC Semester.

They found the immersive experiences of visiting the museums to be inspiring learning opportunities.

“After visiting a wide variety of museums and meeting with staff members in different fields, I feel like I learned a lot about the potential museums have, and what an exhibit can be,” said Winchell, an art history major who has held two internships with the American Museum of Natural History.

“This course made me feel connected with a wider scope of the world and left me with invaluable experience,” added Corujo, whose work with Drew’s United Methodist Archives and History Center earned her national recognition as Drew’s 2020 Student Employee of the Year.

“I visited more museums in a semester than I had in my whole life. Going behind the scenes at the Met or meeting the staff at the American Museum of Natural History are things that I never would have been able to do without this Drew experience.”

By having a discussion-based class session once a week and going to the city once a week, we were really able to connect what we learned in the classroom to the real world.

The museum visits are tied together and put into perspective by the on-campus portion of the courses.

“By having a discussion-based class session once a week and going to the city once a week, we were really able to connect what we learned in the classroom to the real world,” said Winchell.

“The reading and class discussions that accompanied these visits gave me a critically informed view of everything we saw and ultimately left me feeling like an active part of this contemporary world, which I will now graduate and contribute to,” said Corujo.

Want to learn more about Drew’s (now) seven NYC Semesters? Take our quiz to find out which NYC Semester is right for you!

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